7 Symptoms of SST, the syndrome by which some member could be amputated by tampons

From the age of 11 or 12, when we begin to develop, our mothers try to give us all the necessary information about menstruation . They explain what it is and how we have to act in front of it to relieve the pain and avoid staining the sheets or the blood clothing.

The compresses are usually the first option we resort to, however, when summer arrives, most of us chose to switch to tampons because they allow us to bathe on the beach and the pool without problem.

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<p style= Surely you remember the day you used your first tampon, it's something hard to forget. One of the things that our mothers, sisters and even doctors usually explain to us is that the use of the tampon is not as safe as it seems.

Already in the instructions they warn that using tampons can cause a type of infection specifies that, in fact, it is quite dangerous. However, they always assure that it occurs in very specific cases and that it is not common, that is why we do not tend to pay attention to it.

It is the Toxic Shock Syndrome an infection caused, in the majority of the times, by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus . Unfortunately, the fact that it is rare does not mean it does not happen.

 7 Symptoms of SST, the syndrome by which some member could be amputated by tampons
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The strain Staphylococcus aureus alone is completely harmless, in fact some women already have it in their body. The reason why tampons increase the likelihood of getting this infection from this bacterium is because prolonged vaginal internal use increases its growth.

Blood impregnated tampon provides a perfect environment for bacteria to grow quickly and then enter the bloodstream.

Infection usually begins to manifest 72 hours later that bacteria begin to attack the body. It mainly affects the legs and, if this happens, it must be amputated. In fact, the only way to avoid amputation of an infected member is to detect the symptoms in time.

 7 Symptoms of SST, the syndrome by which some member could be amputated by tampons
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These are the most common symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • High fever
  • Convulsions and fainting
  • Rash similar to sunburn on hands and feet [19659017] Muscle and head pain
  • Redness in the eyes, throat and mouth

Still, it is always better to prevent than to heal, therefore:

  • Do not use the tampon more than 8 hours in a row
  • Change it as soon as you notice that you are soaked
  • Use substitute products such as compresses or menstrual cups
 7 Symptoms of SST, the syndrome by which some member could be amputated by tampons
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Finally, remember to go to your gynecologist to make sure everything is still working properly.

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