Toxic shock syndrome usually occurs in women while they are menstruating or just after a period. It can also occur in a woman who recently had baby, or in men and women who had recent surgery or are burn patients. Here are some common symptoms:
Pale and clammy skin, signaling a rapid drop in blood pressure; if toxic shock is left untreated at this stage, it will quickly lead to loss of consciousness, cardiac and respiratory failure, and death.
Tell your doctor if you think you have symptoms of toxic shock syndrome.
By Janice Graham
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health concerns to worry about. What's more, you need to be aware of these
issues — because your doctor may not be. "Many physicians fail to recognize how
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