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Toxic Shock Syndrome Treatments


Treatment aims to support your life and reverse the process of organ deterioration. You may require monitoring in the intensive care unit.

Treatment includes:

Cleaning and Draining the Infection Site

The doctor irrigates open wounds and removes any packing. If a tampon or birth control device is in the vagina, the doctor takes it out.

Replacing Fluids

You will be given an infusion of fluids to replace lost fluids.


Medications help raise blood pressure that does not improve after an infusion of fluids. Other drugs may help in lowering fever. Antibiotics do not cure TSS, but they may help prevent a recurrence.


Artificial breathing with a machine may be needed.


Some patients may require dialysis as a result of kidney failure.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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