Asked by: Francine Bercedo
asked in category: General Last Updated: 18th February, 2020

What can cause toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic shock syndrome is a sudden, potentially fatal condition. It's caused by the release of toxins from an overgrowth of bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, which is found in many women's bodies. Toxic shock syndrome affects menstruating women, especially those who use super-absorbent tampons.

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Also know, how do you get toxic shock syndrome?

Causes of toxic shock syndrome Infection usually occurs when bacteria enter your body through an opening in your skin, such as a cut, sore, or other wound. Experts are not sure why tampon use sometimes leads to the condition. Some believe that a tampon left in place for a long period of time attracts bacteria.

Beside above, how long does it take for a tampon to cause toxic shock syndrome? While the instructions on the tampon box encourage women to change their tampon every eight hours, sometimes people forget to change them or occasionally may lose them. Leaving a tampon in for longer than 8-12 hours, can increase risk of infection or possibly TSS, according to Jessica Shepherd, a gynecologist.

Also question is, what are the first signs of toxic shock?

Possible signs and symptoms of toxic shock syndrome include:

  • A sudden high fever.
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea.
  • A rash resembling a sunburn, particularly on your palms and soles.
  • Confusion.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Redness of your eyes, mouth and throat.
  • Seizures.

Can you get toxic shock from a pad?

In rare cases, the bacteria produce a toxin which can cause TSS in some individuals. This explains why women using pads, men and children can get TSS. However, women who use tampons during their period have a higher risk of TSS than women who do not.

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