What Is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Q:
What is the diagnosis and treatment of toxic shock syndrome?

A:
Your doctor may make a diagnosis of toxic shock syndrome based on a physical examination and your symptoms. Additionally, your doctor may check your blood and urine for traces of Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria.

For toxic shock syndrome can affect multiple organs, your doctor may order other tests, such as a CT scan, lumbar puncture or chest X-ray, to assess the extent of your illness.

If you develop toxic shock syndrome, you’ll likely be hospitalized. In the hospital, you’ll:

  • Be treated with antibiotics
  • Receive medication to stabilize your blood pressure if it’s low
  • Receive fluids to treat dehydration
  • Receive supportive care to treat other signs and symptoms
* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.