Reduce risks of toxic shock syndrome (TSS)

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If you don’t know what toxic shock syndrome is, you should read this carefully. Toxic shock syndrome is a serious illness, associated with tampon use,

What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Toxic shock syndrome is caused by the toxins produced by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus present in the vagina. The symptoms of TSS are listed below, but all of them may not be present. If you have one or more of these symptoms, you must immediately remove the tampon and seek medical attention:

* A sudden high fever usually over 39°C

    * Vomiting

    * Diarrhoea

    * Rash that looks like sunburn

    * Dizziness

    * Muscle aches

    * Sore throat

    * Fainting or near fainting when standing up

    * Skin peeling may occur in later stages of the illness.

Ways to reduce the risks of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome)

Wash your hands

Remember to wash your hands before and after inserting and removing the tampon.

Choose the right tampon

Be sure to use the tampon with the minimum absorbency required to meet your needs. If you had toxic shock syndrome once you can get it again. You should talk to your doctor before using tampons if you have had symptoms of TSS in the past.

Alternate Tampons and Pads

You can eliminate the risk of menstrual TSS by using alternating protections. For example, use a sanitary pad instead of a tampon at least once each day during your period.  

Change protection regularly

Change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours.

Always remove your used tampon before inserting a new one.

Be sure to remove your last tampon at the end of your period.

Tampons are designed to absorb menstrual flow only. Do not use a tampon in anticipation of your period or to absorb non-menstrual vaginal discharge.

Overnight

If you wish to use this product overnight, you may do so, provided that you insert a fresh tampon before retiring and remove it immediately upon waking. Never wear a tampon for more than 8 hours.

 

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