What is Toxic Shock Syndrome anyway?

So, TSS. You have probably heard of it so many times, are alarmed by it, but are still clueless to what it really is. Well, today’s your lucky day because we’re taking TSS bit by bit and get down to the nitty gritty of this situation.


TSS is short for Toxic Shock Syndrome, and analyzing by its meaning, it can get pretty serious.


First and foremost, it has never been proven that TSS is caused by using tampons. Toxic Shock Syndrome is caused by a particular bacterium Staphylococcus aureus or more commonly known as staph. Staph is present to most women’s bodies and with the excessive growth of this bacteria, TSS can happen no matter what sanitary product you use.

Now hold up. TSS is caused by staph, but it’s really not that fast to acquire TSS. Infection will only occur once bacteria enters your body via an opening in the skin — a wound, cut or a sore. The thing about TSS and how it allegedly infects menstruating women is that even the experts find no direct link on why this happens.


Here are some symptoms of TSS:

Sudden fever

Low blood pressure


Aching of the muscles





Redness of eyes, mouth and throat



Now it may seem like it is TSS, but since the above symptoms are pretty generic, it could actually also turn out that you just have the flu. To be sure, you might want to seek help from your doctor immediately.

Diagnosis for TSS may include physical examination, checking of blood and urine, a blood test to check the liver and kidney function. Tissue swabs from cervix, vagina and throat will also be analyzed.

Depending on the gravity of the situation, TSS can be cured through intravenous antibiotic in the ICU, and afterwards, at least six to eight weeks of antibiotics at home. This and a close monitoring of the doctor in charge will be done.

While TSS can get pretty intense, it’s actually very rare. What’s important is you, as a lady, maintain proper personal hygiene because it’s your responsibility to your health and yourself.




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