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Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

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Added August 01, 2013

TSS Symptoms

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Some of the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome or TSS are like the flu, but they can become serious quickly.

TSS symptoms include:

  • 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 TSS can develop it again. If a woman has had TSS before, she should talk to a doctor before using tampons again.

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Posted July 18, 2013
i would never use tampons im a pads girl.
Posted July 15, 2013
For anyone who doesn't know, TSS is usually caused when you leave your tampon in for longer than you should. My mom was a nurse and sometimes had to deal with patients who had it. Just remember to change your tampon every few hours and you should be fine, don't sweat it!
Posted August 12, 2012
XxHoloxX i would suggest that you wear pads at night especially since you dont get that exact amount of sleep. and also just to be safe. then you could wear tampons during the day.
Posted July 29, 2012
This is why I fear tampons TSS. Even though it's rare I'm not going through the risk because I don't always get exactly eight hours asleep
Posted July 03, 2013
how does a tampon give you TSS. And how can i find out more about TSS?
Posted September 20, 2012
i fainted and i spoke to a doctor and she said nothing about TSS ... and i did try the tampon before that happened
Posted July 12, 2012
I'm naturally dizzy and feel like I'll fall when I stand up, so that's really useful :/ (Sarcasm)
Posted July 29, 2012
i do feel dizzy sometimes and i always faint...i think
Posted December 14, 2011
mee to! i onley use tampons when absolutly nesesary! not that it hurts at all... when i go to my granpas house and my uncles ar there in the summer they want to go to the beach and I CANT TELL THEM "SORRY IM ON MY PERIOD" to my uncleS :)
Posted December 31, 2011
I would suggest you look at the full version of this 'What is TSS?' It'll realy help! Not only girls get it--Men can get it as well. It IS fatal when it gets really bad. Be careful and use tampons for swimming, gymnastics, and other sports that wouldn't go good with just a pad. I reccomend Always. :)It can't run in your family and you can't get it from others. You CAN get it from surgery, insect bites, burns and tampons. Its caused by toxins. I learned this from here! I hope it helps!
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