High awareness of female hygiene makes tampon virus shock syndrome rare nowadays, but it can still happen. Despite its rarity, this shock syndrome can lead to unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms, and can lead to fatality in some cases. However, if you use tampon the right way and always keep top-notch hygiene aspect, you can reduce the case of shock syndrome greatly.
Symptoms of Tampon Virus Shock Syndrome
First noticed during the 80’s, tampon shock syndrome is largely caused by Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that loves to make vagina its favorite habitat. Vagina is an ideal habitat and breeding ground for S. aureus because it is warm and moist, not to mention very easy to overlook when women taking a bath or wearing restrictive fabric around the pelvic area during hot weather. When you are wearing a tampon, the condition makes the vagina even more ideal for S. aureus to breed and multiply.
The shock syndrome itself is caused by toxin-1, which is released by the bacteria. Symptoms of tampon shock syndrome range from mild to severe, and in some rare cases, end up in organ failure and fatality. Here are common symptoms in the shock syndrome:
- High temperature and inflammation in the mouth, throat, and eyes.
- Fever and chill that come and go.
- Low blood pressure.
- Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, disorientation.
- Rashes and sunburn-like redness.
- Kidneys and liver failure.
When the symptoms are left untreated, they can cause severe conditions that even lead in fatality. Diagnosis must be done immediately when you experience these symptoms without any possible causes, especially if you just pass your menstruation period or use tampon during a particularly hot weather or busy period (when you often get sweaty or rarely have time to change tampon). You may even need intensive care if necessary.
How to Prevent Tampon Virus Shock Syndrome
Keeping good reproductive hygiene is the only way to prevent tampon shock syndrome. While it can mess up with your immune system and even cause death, you can greatly reduce its occurrence with simple steps, such as:
- Change your tampons often, ideally every 4 hours. Used tampon is a breeding ground for bacteria, so make sure you always keep fresh tampons in your bag or pouch.
- Do not wear restrictive pants or hot fabric when you are in your period. They will make the pelvic and crotch area ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
- If the tampon enters too far into the vagina and cannot be extracted, do not be embarrassed to go to the doctor. This is not uncommon, and doctors are not strange to extracting tampons. A tampon that stays too long in the vagina will increase risk of infection.
- Stop using a tampon if it gives you allergic reactions like rash and itchiness. Some people with sensitive skin are probably allergic to materials in certain tampon brands.
While tampon virus shock syndrome may sound scary, you can avoid it by applying good hygiene and remember to use tampon the correct way.