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What Are the Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome?

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:

  • Fever over 102 F
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • A rash resembling a sunburn with peeling skin, especially on the palms and soles
  • Dizziness or mental confusion
  • 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.

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on March 17, 2014

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