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Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

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Added August 01, 2013

Toxic Shock Syndrome: What To Do

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Some of the symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome are like the flu, but they can become serious quickly. The signs of Toxic Shock Syndrome are: 

  • rising body temperature (102 degrees Fahrenheit [38.8 degrees Celsius] or higher)
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • a sunburn-like rash
  • muscle aches
  • dizziness
  • fainting, or near fainting when you stand up


A person who has had Toxic Shock Syndrome can develop it again. If a woman has had Toxic Shock Syndrome before, she should talk to a doctor before using tampons again.


If you experience the symptoms above and you're wearing a tampon, remove the tampon immediately, and call a doctor for immediate treatment. Tell the doctor that you have been using tampons and suspect Toxic Shock Syndrome. If you're wrong, all the better. But it's better to be overly careful—what's important is to get speedy treatment.

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Posted July 19, 2012
thats scary
Posted June 06, 2012
can it happen if your tampon is not in that long ?
Posted April 23, 2012
@KateRocks! Toxic Shock Syndrome is caused by poisons released by bacteria. It can happen when you leave your tampon in for too long, so make sure to change your tampon frequently. Hope this helped! :)
Posted February 04, 2012
sounds scary
Posted November 20, 2011
What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?!
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