Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare but serious condition. In people who have periods, it is almost always linked to menstruation and leaving a tampon in for too long. We have listed three important facts that everyone should know about TSS so that they can identify the symptoms in time and avoid the condition.
1. How do you get toxic shock syndrome?
TSS is caused by toxins produced by staphylococcus bacteria, which naturally live in humans. The bacteria can live in the nose, armpits, and groin as well as in the vagina. A tampon that is left in the vagina for longer than the recommended 4-8 hours will provide a growth medium for the bacteria, which can multiply rapidly and cause TSS.
2. What are the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome?
The symptoms of TSS include a sudden fever higher than 39°C, a rash, dizziness, vomiting and/or diarrhoea, muscle pain, feeling faint, a headache, and bright reddening of the eyes, in the throat or in the vagina. If you experience one or more of these symptoms during or shortly after your period, you should remove your tampon immediately and seek medical advice. If TSS is detected in time, it can be treated with antibiotics.
3. How can I avoid toxic shock syndrome?
TSS is almost always linked to tampons left in the vagina for too long. Tampons should be changed every 4-8 hours and you should make sure that the absorbency of the tampon corresponds to your flow. Vuokkoset Organic Tampons come in three sizes that have got you covered throughout your cycle. A tampon that is too absorbent may be painful to remove and can increase the risk of TSS. It is also recommended that you alternate the use of tampons with menstrual pads rather than use tampons continuously throughout a 24-hour period.
You can get a good night’s sleep without worrying about changing your tampon by using menstrual pads at night. Learn more about the entire Vuokkoset product range and find the best pantyliner or pad for you to use instead of a tampon.
Don’t forget that tampons should only be used when you have your period. Do not use tampons to absorb white discharge. It is also important to remember good hand hygiene when changing your tampon, so always wash your hands thoroughly before and after changing your tampon.