Toxic shock syndrome

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is caused by an infection with certain types of bacteria (staphylococcus aureus and group A streptococcus). Toxic shock syndrome has historically affected premenopausal women who use superabsorbent tampons, but can also affect men and children. You have a higher risk of getting toxic shock syndrome if you have an open wound or have had a recent surgery. Symptoms include high fever, low blood pressure, vomiting or diarrhea, rash, and generally feeling ill. Treatment includes antibiotics for the infection and other medications to relieve symptoms. This condition can be very dangerous and requires immediate medical attention.

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