Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome
Any foreign materials, such as tampons, vaginal sponges, or nasal packing, will be removed. Sites of infection (such as a surgical wound) will be drained.
The goal of treatment is to maintain important body functions. This may include:
- Antibiotics for any infection (may be given through an IV)
- Dialysis (if severe kidney problems are present)
- Fluids through a vein (IV)
- Methods to control blood pressure
- Intravenous gamma globulin may help in severe cases
Toxic shock syndrome may be deadly in up to 50% of cases. The condition may return in those that survive.
- Severe organ dysfunction
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
Calling your health care provider
Toxic shock syndrome is a medical emergency. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop a rash, fever, and feel ill, particularly during menstruation and tampon use or if you have had recent surgery.