The Lowdown on Toxic Shock Syndrome ...


Did you see the news about the model, Lauren Wasser, who lost her leg due to Toxic Shock Syndrome? ( It’s horrifying to think that TSS, which can result from you simply forgetting to remove a tampon, could produce such devastating effects. Super scary, huh? As if Mother Nature’s gift isn’t enough of a curse every month, we get this little horror to go along with mood swings, cramps and icky mess. But what should you know about it?

1. What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?

TSS is a bacterial infection. The bacterium in question is an unfriendly little monster called Staphylococcus aureus. Although commonly associated with tampons that haven’t been removed, TSS can arise through other causes. In every case, a person must already have Staphylococcus aureus present in their body or introduce it with the tampon in order to get toxic shock, which enables me to assure you that the chances of you getting TSS are extremely low.

What Are the Symptoms of TSS?
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