Toxic Shock Syndrome often starts off with flu like symptoms. Since it presents quickly, and can often seem very similar to the flu, it can be hard to recognize these signs as a potential for something serious. For this reason, it is important that you understand the symptoms of each condition, and how they differ from each other.

As always, preventative measures are the best form of protection from Toxic Shock Syndrome. Making the switch to organic tampons (read more about a natural product switch here) is a great place to start. We recommend changing your tampon every two hours, and using only the absorption rate necessary for that day’s flow. For example – if you’re nearing the end of your period, you may not need anything more than a light absorbency tampon, or even a panty liner. In addition, alternating between internal and external product is wise. This allows time for any toxins that may have formed in your body to dissipate before you insert the next tampon.

We’ve created this quick graphic for you to compare symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome and the common flu. Remember – knowledge is power. Knowing the symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome is the first step to understanding your risk, and a quick response to the signs could save your life or the life of someone you love. It is important to note that while these are some of the most common symptoms, other side effects could come into play. If you fear something isn’t right, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to rule out anything serious.


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