Toxic shock syndrome or TSS is a type of bacterial infection which is not very common. However, it needs to be treated seriously as it can prove fatal. The symptoms can be very similar to any other viral or bacterial infection and thus to successfully diagnose TSS, a doctor has to first rule out all other viral infections.
Due to this nature of TSS, the knowledge of preventive measures for TSS is very important. The symptoms could include sudden high fever, skin rash, body ache, dizzy spells or sore throat. To prevent any kind of infection, one always need to be aware of the causes, in order to take the necessary precautions.
TSS has been linked to the usage of a certain kind of super absorbent tampon, apart from this, surgery incisions, chickenpox blisters or skin wounds can also be the causes of the infection. Women, however are more prone to this infection, diaphragm & contraceptive sponges have also caused TSS.
As in the case of any bacterial infection, personal hygiene is very important. As kids, we’ve always been taught to wash our hands before eating. This simple habit is essential even in preventing TSS. Using an antiseptic lotion, when dressing and cleaning a wound or a cut on the skin is advisable.
The reason why tampons cause TSS is because they are left in one place for a long period of time, also the vaginal cavity is moist and warm, and this helps the bacteria multiply. Change your tampons every 4 hours; avoid using the super absorbent kinds. The best practice would be to switch to sanitary napkins, especially overnight.
Instead of a diaphragm or contraceptive sponge, consult your gynecologist for alternate birth control methods. If you choose the former, make sure to change the diaphragm as per the instructions and never leave it on for more that the stipulated amount of time.
Always consult your doctor for the treatment of TSS as is a very serious condition which can prove fatal. A doctor would run a few blood tests to be able diagnose TSS and rule out any another bacterial infection.