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TSS is an unusual, but serious, illness that is often associated with tampons but can develop in anyone. Get clued-up on the symptoms of TSS here, plus how to avoid it and what to do if you think you've got it...
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a serious illness that can develop quickly in anyone, not just tampon users. It's very unusual - there are only around 40 cases of TSS per year in the UK. Most people have treatment and get better, but a few don't: two or three people die of TSS every year.
Some of the symptoms of TSS are like having flu.
There isn't one definitive symptom that confirms you have TSS.
But most people feel very unwell. And they get worse very quickly.
Look out for :
Any of these? Speak to a doctor for advice. Soon.
Don't stop using tampons. Only half the reported cases of TSS are women using tampons. Doctors aren't 100% sure why this is. But it is best to follow these rules:
See a doctor right away. If you're wearing a tampon, take it out and tell the doctor you've been using tampons. Don't worry about making a fuss, it's important to rule out TSS and, if you are suffering from it, early treatment could save your life.