Usually caused by a bacterial infection (usually the strep or staph bacterium), Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) happens to be a life threatening condition in women that needs to be treated immediately. The earlier you diagnose and treat the issue, the less harmful it would be for you in the long run.
How Is Toxic Shock Syndrome Caused?
The most common cause of TSS is an ignored tampon that is either not removed in time or is completely forgotten about until the infection starts developing. But TSS is not limited to just a tampon.
The other reasons that can cause TSS in women include contraceptive sponges, childbirth, curettage, dilation, miscarriage or skin infections caused by conditions like chicken pox. Although the reasons for TSS may be varied, the symptoms are similar and need to be looked into as soon as they start occurring in order to avoid more serious issues later on.
Who Is At Greater Risk Of Contracting TSS?
Toxic Shock Syndrome is more prevalent in girls who have just attained puberty and have started menstruating. The risk increases manifold for girls who use tampons rather than sanitary maxi- pads.
Most often than not, girls who have recently started menstruating either tend to use a much larger tampon than is necessary. Worse, some girls tend to completely forget the presence of a tampon and either don’t remove it in time or push it in further inside the body by wearing another tampon.
Symptoms Of TSS You Need To Be Aware Of
The symptoms of TSS have the potential to affect most of the major organs in the body, including the lungs, kidneys, pancreas, liver, blood and skin etc. The symptoms usually show up in any or all of the organs and would be accompanied by high fever.
The symptoms of TSS appear to be mild at first and can be easily mistaken for flu or another infection. At the start of the infection, women would usually experience mild fever, light headedness, dizziness, uneasiness, sudden chills and body ache.
As the infection starts spreading to other parts of the body, the symptoms worsen and would include high fever (usually more than 102 degrees Fahrenheit), diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, sore throat, cough, low blood pressure, blood shot eyes, severe headache, and loss of concentration etc.
Women who suffer from TSS would also tend to develop a red rash over their skin. Resembling a sun burn, the rash would appear throughout the body, including the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and even the area surrounding the vagina, and would turn white when the skin in that area is pressed. This is usually accompanied by red eyes, lips and tongue
The best way to get rid of Toxic Shock Syndrome is to treat it as soon as the initial symptoms start occurring. The standard course of treatment for the condition is usually antibiotics administered intravenously into the body. This would usually curb the infection from spreading to other parts of the body.
If you contract TSS, you would most likely need to spend a day or two in the hospital. In addition to administering the antibiotics, your doctor would check for possible abscesses, cuts or wounds caused by ignored tampons or other skin infections.