It is a disturbing trend the Wisconsin Department of Health Services  (DHS) has reported seeing the largest number of Toxic Shock Syndrome cases in over ten years. Many women are aware or should be aware of this syndrome and take precautions and make sure to discuss this with their daughters as soon as they begin their menstrual cycle. But it does not just affect women and is very dangerous and in some cases even deadly.

It is one of those subjects that does not seem to be discussed very much anymore and for a reason. According to NBC15: the state of Wisconsin has not had a reported case of toxic shock since 2011. The DHS has seen 5 cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome since July 2022 with four of those cases linked to teenage girls who were using super-absorbent tampons. Thankfully no deaths were reported.

According to " Toxic shock syndrome can affect anyone, including men, children, and postmenopausal women. Risk factors for toxic shock syndrome include skin wounds, surgery, and the use of tampons and other devices, such as menstrual cups, contraceptive sponges, or diaphragms."

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According to Mayo Clinic, possible signs and symptoms include:

  • A sudden high fever
  • Low blood pressure
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • A rash resembling a sunburn, particularly on your palms and soles
  • Confusion
  • Muscle aches
  • Redness of your eyes, mouth, and throat
  • Seizures
  • Headaches

It is very important to see your Dr. immediately if you have any of these symptoms especially if you have used a tampon or if you have a skin or wound infection.

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