Toxic shock syndrome is the result of toxins produces and released by bacteria, most commonly streptococci and staphylococci. this disorder was first observed as a clinical disorder in the 1970's. This disorder primarily affects young adults, particularly menstruating women. Some of the cases of this infection have been linked to tampons that are left in place for extended periods of time. The onset of symptoms is sudden and frequently progresses very rapidly. Shock and death can occur
Causes of Toxic Shock Syndrome (tss)
Toxic shock syndrome is caused by toxins released by certain bacteria. These are primarily staphylococcus and sometimes, streptococci. The production of these toxins are seen with infections growing around vaginal tampons, and in wounds or infections in the throat, skin, lungs or bone.
Signs and Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome (tss)
toxic shock syndrome produces the rapid onset of fever, that may be quite high, in a previously healthy person. Vomiting and diarrhea rapidly develop. A rash may appear, that is similar to a sunburn. Severe muscle aches and pains may develop. Hypotension, or low blood pressure, may develop from shock and lead to fatigue, shortness of breath, lightheadedness when sitting or standing and rapid heart rate. Increased thirst, decreased urine output and confusion may occur.
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