What Is Toxic Shock Syndrome?

The monthly visitor women have is never really welcome but much appreciated sometimes. Most women are lucky enough to not have menstrual pains at the beginning of their periods, and some, are just unfortunate and get the worst end of eve’s transgression. Pads and tampons have been around for many years and they are a woman most reliable source of protection from leaving a mess due to menstruation during a cycle.

We have never had to worry about using pads and tampons before, they have been a part of our lives from the moment we have our first period. Is it possible that one of these protective products could cause a serious condition? The answer to this question is YES; tampons can pose multiple health risks which impact vaginal health and hygiene. Its important to be aware of these risks in order to be able to make an informed decision when you are thinking of using tampons.
As one of the most serious and rare medical conditions, Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is believed to be caused by tampon use. This condition is is caused by a bacterial infection as a result of toxins that are produced by the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. The symptoms of TSS vary from person to person and they appear suddenly.
The symptoms of TSS are as follows:

  • a sudden fever,
  • low blood pressure,
  • headache,
  • muscle aches,
  • confusion,
  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • vomitting,
  • rash,
  • redness of eyes, mouth and throat;
  • seizures

Some of these symptoms can be attributed to another medical condition such as Flu; so it is important to not let these symptoms go unnoticed. There is treatment available for TSS such as:

  • medication for blood pressure stabilization,
  • IV fluids to fight dehydration,
  • gamma globulin injections to suppress inflammation and boost the body’s immune system.

Proper research is essential if you want to be extra careful before converting from pads to tampons.
By Zanele

Fierce, Fun-loving and Funky!

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