Toxic shock syndrome is a rare but life-threatening disease caused by certain types of bacteria. Commonly, toxic shock syndrome results from toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria, but the condition may also be caused by toxins produced by group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria.
There are many toxic shock syndrome symptoms to keep in mind, and it is wise to see a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms especially if you've recently used tampons or have a skin or wound infection.
Possible toxic shock syndrome symptoms include:
- A sudden high fever
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- A rash resembling a sunburn, particularly on your palms and soles
- Muscle aches
- Redness of your eyes, mouth and throat
- A sore throat
- A drop in blood pressure
- Joint pains
- Sensitivity to light
- Kidney failure
If you do experience any toxic shock syndrome symptoms, call your doctor immediately.