Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare and life-threatening infection which toxins are released as a result of one of two types of overgrowing bacteria:
Who does it affect?
Toxic shock syndrome has a fast onset which requires immediate medical attention. TSS can affect anyone, including men, women and children of all ages.
Approximately half of Toxic Shock Syndrome cases have been associated with Staphylococci bacteria occurred from women that are menstruating age and the other half from older women, men and children. However, Toxic Shock Syndrome cases that have been associated with Streptococcal bacteria have been found in people of all genders and ages.
How is it caused?
Toxic Shock Syndrome is caused by the release of toxins from the growing bacteria in the vagina. For this to happen, the bacteria needs an environment to grow to release the poisonous toxins into the bloodstream. There are three main situations that this can occur:
It is important to become aware of the symptoms of TSS so you can receive required help if needed. Due to the large number or TSS cases in teenagers, it is especially important that teenagers are educated on the symptoms of TSS. Symptoms normally occur within three days of the beginning of your menstruation. Common symptoms:
What can I do to prevent it?
There are a few precautions in which you can take to reduce the likelihood of getting TSS. These include:
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Medical Disclaimer: Articles are intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as the basis of patient treatment. Ask a medical professional if you have any health-related questions or concerns.
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Cornforth, T. (2020). How Often to Change Tampons or Pads During Your Period.https://www.verywellhealth.com/menstrual-hygiene-how-often-to-change-tampons-or-pads-3522511
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