TSS (toxic shock syndrome) is a potentially life-threatening infection caused by bacteria entering the body and producing toxins that produce symptoms and may even be deadly. Most often seen among women menstruating but can impact both males and females regardless of age or sex; its prevalence increases during menstruation periods but can happen at any point throughout menstruation cycle; typically caused by Staphylococcus aureus infections but many other bacteria could contribute.

Staphylococcus aureus, commonly referred to as “staph,” typically resides on the skin or nose but can enter the bloodstream through small cuts or vaginal use of tampons, as well as from mouth infections such as pneumonia or bone infections. TSS infections may also result from Streptococcus pyogenes (group A strep) or Clostridium sordellii (C. sordellii).

TSS affects people with compromised immune systems. This includes those taking medications such as steroids or antibiotics; women who have had chickenpox; those who suffer from severe skin infections called bacterial cellulitis; or those suffering chronic illnesses like diabetes or heart disease.

TSS symptoms generally manifest themselves within two days after exposure to bacteria in your body, ranging from chills and fever to headache, sore and tender mouth and throat, generalized muscle aches or weakness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. With staphylococcal TSS you may also experience patches of red, swollen, pus-filled skin on either your palms or soles of feet which could progress rapidly over time.

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