Toxic shock syndrome

Treatment and prevention of toxic shock syndrome

Dignity Health’s experienced staff of gynecologists can provide options for effectively treating toxic shock syndrome. Treatment for toxic shock may include:

  • Hospitalization, during which our team will carefully monitor your blood pressure and organ function while you receive treatment for TSS
  • Removal of wound or nasal packing, if necessary
  • Antibiotics, which may be given by mouth or IV, to kill bacteria
  • Medication to control blood pressure
  • Surgery to clean out any wounds or drain infection

Toxic shock syndrome can recur. If you have ever had toxic shock, ask your doctor how you can prevent future infections. Prevention options include:

  • Careful cleaning and monitoring of all wounds: Watch for any signs of infection, including redness, foul odor or discharge, and increased tenderness. Notify your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • Changing menstrual pads and tampons frequently: Using menstrual pads, instead of tampons, may decrease the risk of tampon toxic shock. Change pads and tampons every few hours, as directed on the packaging.
  • Appropriate use of female barrier contraception:If you use a diaphragm, cervical cap, or sponge for birth control, carefully wash your hands prior to insertion and follow the manufacturer’s direction regarding how long the device can remain in place.

Dignity Health provides preventative care and quality treatment for toxic shock syndrome in Arizona, California, and Nevada.