Toxic shock syndrome occurs when staphylococci bacteria enter the blood stream via the vagina. A massive correlation has been found with the use of tampons and the incidence of toxic shock syndrome. Women who use tampons are more at risk of toxic shock syndrome. The reasons for infection are not clearly understood.
How To Reduce Your Risk Of Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic shock syndrome is serious and can prove fatal if not treated in time. The common symptoms are confusion, headaches, muscle soreness, chills, low blood pressure, diarrhea, high fever, nausea, vomiting and seizures. It is a dangerous condition and requires immediate medical supervision. Here are some of the ways in which you can reduce your risk of toxic shock syndrome.
It has been established that the incorrect and improper use of tampons can increase your risk of developing an infection. Here are some ways in which you can use tampons that will lower your risk of developing toxic shock syndrome.
Use Low Absorbency Tampons
Use tampons that have relatively low absorbency. This will force you to change tampons and use fresh ones after every 3-4 hours. The more absorbent the tampon, the higher the risk of infection. Always remember that blood is one of the best mediums for bacterial growth.
Cut Down the Use of Tampons
Unless absolutely essential, avoid using tampons. While they are very convenient, use them only when required. If you are participating in competitive sports, you may feel the need to use a tampon. Make sure you wear tampons during the day and switch to sanitary pads at night. These will reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
Changing at Night
At night, insert a new tampon and wake up once during the night for a fresh change. Most cases of toxic shock syndrome occur due to prolonged use of a tampon.
Practice Good Hygiene
Sometimes the tampon may be dirty or your hands may be unclean while inserting the tampon. Do not use tampons that have been lying unused for months. Make sure you wash your hands before inserting the tampon. Always use a vaginal lubricant to insert the tampon to avoid any kind of vaginal irritation. Wash your hands after tampon insertion.
Do not Use Tampons if you have a Vaginal Infection.
If you are suffering from a vaginal infection or a skin infection near the vagina, do not use a tampon at all. This can put you at tremendous risk of contracting an infection.
Take Medical Help
If you start to experience any of the unusual symptoms associated with toxic shock syndrome, call a doctor immediately. Toxic shock syndrome can be life threatening if not treated immediately.
At times toxic shock syndrome is said to occur with the use of IUDs (Intra Uterine device). Make sure you have one properly inserted and follow the doctor’s guidelines for hygiene and removal. This will reduce your chances of developing an infection. Toxic shock syndrome is a medical emergency and can lead to heart, liver and kidney failure, hence it must be given due regard and seriousness.
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