Bacteria getting into our bodies can be quite dangerous for us, although our immune systems are there to help keep us safe. They can wreak havoc on our systems and, in severe cases, they can even be a threat to our lives. One example of such an instance is toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
TSS is caused by large volumes of chemicals being released into the body by bacteria. It is fortunately quite a rare condition and one of the most common causes has been the use of certain types of tampons in menstruating women. The symptoms grow in severity rapidly and it can be fatal if help is not sought in time.
1. High Fever
A fever is a sure sign that something is wrong. Usually, the underlying cause of a fever is relatively harmless and will pass before too long. Fevers can be severe sometimes, though, and they can be a sign that something is seriously wrong. The fever associated with TSS is a high fever and it can be dangerous to the patient in its own right. In addition, the fever associated with TSS will come on suddenly rather than developing gradually as a fever usually would. Anybody that is running a high fever should be monitored regardless of the suspected cause.