Toxic shock syndrome

Overview of toxic shock syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare, life-threatening illness that can occur as a result of certain infections. Toxic shock syndrome is often associated with tampon use.

If you suspect you have a tampon infection, our experienced team of gynecologists at Dignity Health will ensure you receive personalized treatment for toxic shock syndrome in CA, AZ, and NV. Find a Doctor near you today for trusted care.

Symptoms of toxic shock syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome occurs when certain bacteria release toxins into the bloodstream. Some factors that can increase the risk of toxic shock syndrome include:

  • Recent childbirth or surgery
  • Cuts or wounds on your skin
  • Nasal packing (to treat nosebleed)
  • Infection with Staphylococcus aureus (also called a “staph infection”)
  • Recent viral infection, including the flu or chickenpox
  • Tampon use, especially the use of super-absorbent tampons that stay in place for a long time

Contact your doctor at Dignity Health if you experience symptoms of toxic shock syndrome, which may include:

  • High fever
  • Low blood pressure
  • Widespread rash that looks like sunburn, especially on the hands and feet
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Redness of the eyes, mouth, and throat
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Organ failure