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Toxic Shock Syndrome (cont.)

Toxic Shock Syndrome Treatment

People with toxic shock syndrome are admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit for treatment.

  • The doctor tries to eliminate the source of infection with the following steps:
    • Remove the tampon, nasal packing or other potential source of infection.
    • Search for any other possible source of infection.
    • Start IV antibiotics after blood cultures are quickly drawn; many clinicians choose to treat with more than one antibiotic as some organisms that cause TSS are occasionally resistant to several antibiotics.
  • The doctor helps support the functions of the body until the organs recover with the following steps:
    • Provide IV fluids and medications to raise the blood pressure.
    • Correct electrolytes.
    • Monitor kidney and liver functions.
    • Provide oxygen if needed for breathing difficulty. (Some people with severe lung failure need to have a tube inserted into their windpipe and be placed on a ventilator.)
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Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a toxin-mediated multisystem disease precipitated by infection with either Staphylococcus aureus or group A Streptococcus (GAS), also called Streptococcus pyogenes.

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