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Anonymous asked in HealthWomen's Health · 2 months ago

Can tampons give toxic shock syndrome?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Yes. If left longer than the box says.

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  • Edna
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The old myth that a tampon left inside for a longer period of time than is recommended on the box  can cause Toxic Shock Syndrome was completely debunked in the early 1970's.

    Toxic Shock Syndrome is caused by bacterial toxins from Streptococcus or Staphylococcus infection. Bacteria enter the body through openings in the skin, such as wounds or cuts (especially after surgery). Hopefully, you don't have any wounds or cuts inside your vagina through which the bacteria could enter.

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    • Edna
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      2 months agoReport

      The problem was caused by a chemical that was being added to the cotton fibers in that specific brand of tampon to increase absorbency. That brand was removed from the shelf & is no longer being manufactured & sold.

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  • D_21
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Yes, they can. If you leave a single tampon in for more than eight hours straight. The thing is that bacteria can start to grow inside the tampon. After eight hours it starts to proliferate lots more. Since it's already literally inside an internal organ it can rapidly attack the body. That's why it's important not to leave a tampon in for too long.

    As long as you remember to change it out every few hours, tampons are perfectly safe. It's usually recommended that ladies use pads at night or when they sleep. Just in case they sleep longer than eight hours or aren't able to tend to a tampon in time. Better to be safe than sorry.

    • Edna
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      2 months agoReport

      @D_21: The old myth that tampons could cause TSS was debunked in the early 1970's; TSS  is caused by staph bacteria entering an open wound on the body, not from leaving a tampon in place for several hours. For TSS to develop, you must first have to have an open wound on or in your body.

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  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No, the material was changed years ago. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Not much any longer. It was associated with the Rely tampon which was a specific sponge material.  They were pulled off the market. Any TSS now days is due to something else as the focus.

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