An examination of the toxic shock syndrome

TSS is considered probable if three or more criteria are met in association with peeling desquamation of affected skin or if five or more criteria are met in the absence of desquamation. Though caused by different strains of Ehrlichia bacteria, the three disorders are characterized by similar symptoms.

These medications are expensive and carry risks, and therefore should only be used in patients in septic shock with a high risk of death. This disease made headlines in the late s and early s after the deaths of several young women who were using a brand of super-absorbent tampon that was later removed from the market.

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Systemic corticosteroids Optimal Therapeutic Approach for this Disease Immediate intervention and supportive care is required as in any case of shock. The Ehrlichioses are rare infectious diseases caused by bacteria in the Ehrlichia family.

Understanding Toxic Shock Syndrome -- the Basics

Group A streptococci on Gram stain of blood isolated from a patient who developed toxic shock syndrome. A thorough search for any nidus of infection should be performed. Women who use such contraceptive methods are cautioned to carefully follow all package instructions and to share any questions and concerns with their physicians and pharmacists to help minimize risk and ensure proper use.

Archived from the original on 14 April Monitor kidney and liver functions. Start IV antibiotics after blood cultures are quickly drawn; many clinicians choose to treat with more than one antibiotic as some organisms that cause TSS are occasionally resistant to several antibiotics.

Lappin E, Ferguson AJ. The form of toxic shock syndrome caused by S. Sliding a tampon into place in the vagina may make microscopic tears in the walls of the vagina, rupturing tiny blood vessels.

It also seems to matter what the tampon is made of. Soft-tissue infection secondary to group A streptococci, leading to toxic shock syndrome.

And it can happen to men and women who have been exposed to staph bacteria while recovering from surgery, a burn, an open wound, or the use of a prosthetic device.

Bring someone with you to help you ask questions and remember what your provider tells you. It can be caused by Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, or Clostridium sordellii.

Other diagnostic tests may include: If a mild illness quickly becomes severe with whole-body symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.Are You Confident of the Diagnosis?

Characteristic findings on physical examination.

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is an acute, potentially life-threatening, condition characterized by fever, rash.

Toxic shock syndrome can affect most organ systems in the body, including the skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, blood, and pancreas. All people with toxic shock syndrome have a fever and a rash, as well as symptoms in at least three other organ systems.

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a cluster of symptoms that involve many systems of the body. Certain bacterial infections release toxins into the blood stream, which then spreads the toxins to body. Your doctor may make a diagnosis of toxic shock syndrome based on a physical examination and your symptoms.

Additionally, your doctor may check your blood and urine for traces of Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria. Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare multisystem disease with many widespread symptoms.

It is caused by a toxin that is produced and secreted by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. The symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome may include a sudden high fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abnormally low blood pressure (hypotension), and a characteristic skin rash that resemble a bad sunburn.

What Is Toxic Shock Syndrome? Toxic shock syndrome is a sudden, potentially fatal condition. It's caused by the release of poisonous substances from an overgrowth of bacteria called Staphylococcus.

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