Symptoms Of Toxic Shock Syndrome And How To Prevent It?

Symptoms Of Toxic Shock Syndrome And How To Prevent It?

Toxic shock syndrome is a fatal health condition that is caused by certain types of bacteria. It is developed by a bacterial strain named Staphylococcus aureus, or generally known as staph bacteria. It may be caused by group A streptococcus, or strep bacteria.

The symptoms of toxic shock syndrome vary between different people. Some of the obvious symptoms are high fever, nausea, vomiting, unclear mind and others. Toxic shock syndrome is often associated with the use of proclaimed super-absorbant tampons.

There are many companies that make them. Though this myth has been declined it’s still a danger. Toxic shock syndrome can affect anyone, not just the women. It may also affect children.

Common Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome shows a variety of symptoms. In case you suspect that you are having Toxic shock syndrome, you must seek emergency medical assistance. Toxic shock syndrome shows up in following signs.

  • Suddenly experiencing a high fever
  • The extreme drop in blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Feeling vomiting or diarrhea
  • Showing up of a rash that resembles sunburn, especially on your palms and soles
  • Confusion of mind
  • Headaches
  • Muscular pains
  • Redness of the eyes, mouth, and throat
  • Seizures (less common)

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How To Prevent Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Toxic shock syndrome is not a disease but a medical emergency. There are no “home remedies” to treat it. Whenever you suspect that you are experiencing toxic shock syndrome symptoms, you must rush to the medical care services immediately.

However, if toxic shock syndrome shows up along with any other condition or disease, it is better to follow the preventive measures to avoid it. Following are some of the best toxic shock syndrome prevention methods that one can try to protect him from this lethal medical condition.

1-Menstrual Care

During your periods, try to use the chlorine-free pads instead of regular tampons. But if you still prefer tampons, however, if you prefer tampons, make sure that you change it from time to time. Typically, tampon manufacturers advise changing the tampon every eight hours.

Also, you need to take care of your personal hygiene. Wash your hands before and after interacting with a tampon. It is better to reduce the chances of getting interaction with bacteria.

Don’t fall for anything, which says that you can sleep with a tampon in. It is never a good idea to sleep with a tampon. The reason is that it is never a good idea to leave tampons for more than eight hours. These eight hours is a limit that every woman should follow.

Don’t use a tampon for more time than eight hours; also use only one tampon at one time. It’s better to select a tampon brand with an absorbency that matches with your particular flow.

2-Previous cases of Toxic shock syndrome

You must not use tampons especially if you have been attacked with toxic shock syndrome. The tampon companies have improved the quality of tampons to prevent the occurrence of toxic shock syndrome but still, you should not use them if you had toxic shock syndrome in past. It can hit you again, so the best is to be safe.

3- Take your wounds serious

By any chance if you receive any wound, be it a burn, scrape, incision, cut or anything, it is necessary to take primary care of it. This care is to prevent the bacteria to attack this site. A wound is an open site for bacteria to invade.

Take extra care when you visit a hospital or nursery with such a wound on your skin. If the wound shows any sign of a bacterial infection such as redness, pain, swelling, oozing, take essential care. Seek medical assistance if the condition lasts or become severe.

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4-Get your supply of Vitamin D

Immunity is responsible for your good health. Having a good health necessarily required good immunity. It is proven by research that vitamin D makes up the most for a good immunity. Many research studies have proved a direct link between higher risk of infections when you have a low level of vitamin D or vitamin D deficiency.

Increase your vitamin D intake. It will make your immune system stronger and immunity will work well. In this way, it will indirectly help the body to ignore bacteria that may cause toxic shock syndrome. You can take vitamin D rich foods or use a dietary supplement for it.

5- Follow a probiotic-rich Diet

Another way to boost immunity is by ingesting probiotics. The probiotics help the body to fight against the infections. It also helps to absorb the nutrients from the food sources.

Probiotic is also available in the form of supplement. Some of the high probiotic food sources include kefir, miso, natto, kimchi, or sauerkraut. Try to add all of these to your diet. You may also use a supplement for it. All these power-packed foods are a great help against toxic shock syndrome symptoms.

The author is a Medical Microbiologist and a healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health.

  1. Thank you for your interesting article on Toxic Shock Syndrome. Your readers may also wish to know that the real cause of tampon-related TSS is a reaction between the bacteria (usually Staphylococcus aureus as you say) and RAYON in the tampon. Rayon is a highly absorbent fiber that is present in all main brand tampons. It is mixed with cotton (less absorbent) in various quantities to produce the rating for your flow (Regular, Super, Super plus, etc). But if the bacteria comes into contact with the RAYON, then Toxic Shock can start. The symptoms of TSS can start after only 2 HOURS, so it’s important to change tampons regularly. If you are asleep when this happens, you could be very seriously ill when you wake up or be unconscious and need emergency medical assistance. The best way to avoid TSS is to use either ALL-COTTON tampons, sanitary pads/towels or the menstrual cup..

  2. There has been a lot of research carried out about tampon-related Toxic Shock Syndrome, most of it sponsored by tampon manufacturers (can you trust them). However, an independent researcher Dr Philip Tierno of Mt Sinai Hospital New York, carried out tests (in the late 1990s) to establish which tampons propogated the Toxin TSST-1 that causes Toxic Shock Syndrome. He found that RAYON in tampons produces this toxin, whereas ALL-COTTON tampons did not. Tampon manufacturers arranged for these test results to be checked. However, they used a different method and claimed that their tampons were safe to use. So today, most main brand tampons are still made with deadly RAYON. Selling tampons is a profitable business, but thousands of women each month will become unwell, some will be hospitalised and some will die. If you want a safe period, don’t use tampons containing rayon..

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