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Toxic Shock Syndrome: What is it?
With tampons, there is a small risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). This is a serious and life-threatening syndrome. You can reduce your chances of getting TSS by changing your tampon regularly (see our recommendations here). A toxin (a poisonous substance) that builds up in your system causes Toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
Signs of TSS include: sudden high fever; nausea and vomiting; diarrhea; headache; generalized aches and pains; dizziness and feeling faint (especially when rising from a lying or sitting position); disorientation (confusion); a rash like a sunburn on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet; extremely low blood pressure, rapid weak pulse (shock).
These cases are very rare, but if you feel any of these Toxic Shock Syndrome symptoms, see a doctor immediately.