Are You Aware of Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a serious, life-threatening condition caused by bacterial infection. It is a rare condition.

Causes of Toxic Shock Syndrome

  • Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria are the main causative organism of TSS. This bacteria enter your body through cuts/ abrasions/ burns/surgical wounds.
  • In females, injuries caused during childbirth, retained tampons, diaphragm or other contraceptive devices precipitate the infection.
  • Diabetic patients are also at risk.

Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome

  • High spiking fever.
  • Appearance of red rashes.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Nausea/vomiting and loose stools.
  • Headache and muscular pains.
  • Redness of eyes.
  • Convulsions.
  • Failure to timely hospitalisation leads to shock and death.

Management of Toxic Shock Syndrome

  • Hospitalisation is necessary to maintain blood pressure, hydration and kidney functioning.
  • Administration of antibiotics.
  • Wound debridement.
  • Bilwadi gutika can be taken after recovery and discharge from hospital to remove the toxic effects.

Prevention of Toxic Shock Syndrome

  • Avoid leaving tampons in for a long duration. Please read the instructions before using tampons or sanitary pads and other contraceptive devices.
  • Use sanitary pads instead of tampons.
  • Maintain personal hygiene well during menstruation.
  • If you have any wounds/cuts administer proper antiseptic care.

Additional Reading

Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome

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