Toxic Shock Syndrome

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Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) occurs due to a build-up of toxins, produced by Staphylococcus aureus bacterium, which eventually causes major bodily systems to shut down. This bacterium is located on the skin, nose and mouth and is non-toxic, however when it enters the body that is when it can cause some severe symptoms[1]. This is often brought on by improper use of feminine hygiene products, and risk is heightened if a woman has just given birth[2].

Symptoms

Treatment

Treatment typically involves the use of antibiotics to fight the infection, but antibodies taken from blood samples can similarly be used to combat the infection. The management of homeostasis is also carefully monitored, such as giving fluids to prevent dehydration, using medication to alter blood pressure and the use of medical oxygen[3].

References

  1. NHS choices. Toxic shock syndrome. 2016 [cited 05/12/17]. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/toxic-shock-syndrome/
  2. https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/understanding-toxic-shock-syndrome-basics#1
  3. NHS choices. Toxic shock syndrome. 2016 [cited 23/10/18]. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/toxic-shock-syndrome/
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