Real Talk #2: (The Truth About Toxic Shock Syndrome Revealed)
We’re back! And we’re ready to change the world with our new series Real Talk, the series where girly-catchup meets feminine-health education… and we couldn’t be happier!
If you haven’t read the first instalment of this series- we covered endometriosis, its major symptoms and what to do if you think that you or a girlfriend might be suffering with the illness.
This week, we’re going to be discussing something a little different, something understood even less than endometriosis.
If you read the title, then you already know… We’re lifting the confusion surrounding toxic shock syndrome and coming in with facts!
So sit back, relax, and let’s get started!
What is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)?
While it can affect both men and women of all ages, toxic shock syndrome is usually caused by the misuse of tampons by women, so we simply had to include this in our Real Talk series.
Remember the golden rule- never leave a tampon in for longer than 6 hours!
TSS occurs when bacteria (that live on the skin) enter the body and release harmful toxins. TSS is as rare as it is life threatening- very!
One of the most disarming aspects of this illness is that it can occur and get worse very rapidly.
In fact, the staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria that enter the body can severely damage body tissue and even stop organs from working- that’s why an early diagnosis is vitally important to allow for a full recovery!
So, if you begin to get symptoms of TSS, you should contact and visit your doctor as soon as possible.
What are the Symptoms of TSS?
The most common symptoms are:
. Dizziness and/or fainting
. Confusion (unable to remember their name, the date or their surroudnings)
. bright-red eyes, lips and tongue
. sunburn rash
. nausea and/or vomiting
. flu-like symptoms (feeling cold, tired or exhausted, having a headache, a sore throat or cough)
. high temperature
The symptoms of TSS are unique because they appear suddenly and will get worse very quickly.
While it is a rare condition, we urge all our readers to practice caution and, when in doubt, always contact your doctor!
Since Womooi was first established, we’ve wanted to lift the stigma from talking about women’s reproductive health, because knowledge is power, and with it, us girls can change the world!
To learn more about how we help women like you from all over the world, head to the Our Story page on our website, and let us change the way you view your periods forever!
As always, we wish you a wonderful period and a fantastic day!