I am probably not the only female seeing these Toxic Shock Syndrome stories from tampon usage and panicking on what to do, who wouldn’t? I have only recently seen stories popping up about this and it really did make me consider swapping from Tampons to pads or even femmecups/mooncups, so I thought I would research and see how serious this could actually be towards tampon-users.
Symptoms as per the NHS website :
- a high temperature (fever) of 39C (102.2F) or above
- flu-like symptoms, such as a headache, chills, muscle aches, a sore throat and a cough
- feeling and being sick
- a widespread sunburn-like rash
- the whites of the eyes, lips and tongue turning a bright red
- dizziness or fainting
- breathing difficulties
The symptoms according to the NHS rapidly worsen, so catching these early on is the best chance of full recovery.
According to a post from Washington Post from 2016 1 in 100’000 people affected by this.
The following measures can help reduce your risk of TSS:
- treat wounds and burns quickly and get medical advice if you develop signs of an infection, such as swelling, redness and increasing pain
- always use a tampon with the lowest absorbency suitable for your menstrual flow
- alternate tampons with a sanitary towel or panty liners during your period
- wash your hands before and after inserting a tampon
- change tampons regularly – as often as directed on the pack (usually at least every four to eight hours)
- never insert more than one tampon at a time
- when using a tampon at night, insert a fresh tampon before going to bed and remove it on waking
- remove a tampon at the end of your period
- when using female barrier contraception, follow the manufacturer’s instructions about how long you can leave it in