What Are the Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Q:
What are the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome?

A:
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a condition caused by bacterial toxins. TSS may occur when the bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus getting into the bloodstream and producing toxins.

It is generally believed that toxic shock syndrome is linked to superabsorbent tampon used in menstruating women, but men, children can also be affected by it.

Open skin wound, recent skin burn, skin infection, or surgery can trigger TSS, women who have used vaginal sponge or diaphragm to prevent pregnancy are also at a higher risk of developing it.

When it comes to the symptoms of TSS, they usually include:

  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Redness of eyes, mouth, and throat
  • Nausea
  • Muscle aches
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Sudden fever

If you need more details, please ask doctors for help.

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