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What are the symptoms of TSS?

By May 31, 2009 - 11:27am
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What are the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome? Do you get it from leaving tampons in too long or long term use? Thanks.

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EmpowHer has a great resource site on Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

"Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) refers to a combination of symptoms that results from toxins produced by an infection with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria."

The bacteria can occur from the continuous use of a tampon, and you can review strategies to reduce your risk below.

Strategies to reduce risk of TSS:
- Do not use tampons continuously when menstruating.
- Alternate using a tampon with a sanitary pad.
- Switch to sanitary pads at night.
- Do not use super absorbency tampons.
- Change tampons frequently during the day.
- Store tampons in a clean, dry place.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you put in or take out a tampon.
- Use a lower absorbency tampon if you find the tampon is irritating or hard to pull out.
- Use tampons only during menstruation.
- Seek medical care for infected wounds.
- If you have had toxic shock syndrome, do not use tampons or place birth control devices in your vagina

May 31, 2009 - 8:48pm
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