Tampon use increases the risk for the bacterial infections Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) or Toxic Shock-Like Syndrome (TSLS).
Both of these syndromes are extremely rare – about 1 to 17 out of every 100,000 menstruating females will get TSS each year and even fewer get TSLS. But it can kill you if you don’t get treatment.
TSS symptoms are sudden and intense. They include:
- A sunburn-like rash or peeling skin.
- Sudden high fever.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Stomach cramps.
- Headache or muscle aches.
- Dizziness, fainting or near fainting when standing up.
- Lightheadedness and confusion.
- Pale, clammy skin.
If you have these symptoms during menstruation, quickly remove your tampon and get medical help immediately.