Toxic Shock Syndrome Definition:
- infection with toxin-producing staphylococci, occurring most often in the vagina of menstruating women using superabsorbent tampons but also prevalent in many soft tissue infections and characterized by high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, a scarlatiniform rash followed by desquamation, and decreasing blood pressure and shock, which can result in death; hyperemia of the conjunctival, oropharyngeal, and vaginal mucous membranes also occurs.
Signs and Symptoms of TSS:
* Sudden high fever (first symptom)
* Sunburn-like skin rash, often in the palms and soles
* Redness of eyes, mouth and throat
* Muscle aches
If you have suffered a burn injury or wound infection, or have just been using tampons and you suffer any of the symptoms listed above, contact your doctor immediately.