Staphylococci are bacteria that have the ability to live harmlessly on various skin surfaces, particularly within the nose, mouth, anus, and even the genitals. So since bacteria are present within the genital area, vaginal Staph infection becomes inevitable.
One common complication brought about by this infection is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). It affects men, women, and children. Women are the most common sufferers. Though Toxic Shock Syndrome may be a rare type of disease, it is extremely serious and can even be fatal if left untreated. Vaginal Staph infection can be highly associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome since an average of 50 percent of the number of reported cases are caused by the use of infected tampons. In general, Staph infections are also caused by the presence of foreign bodies. That category includes catheters, prosthetics, and yes – tampons. Toxic Shock Syndrome affects 1 out of every 1.5 million menstruating women.
To prevent the occurrence of a vaginal Staph infection, it is important to know how to properly use a tampon. Always consult with your physician before thinking of using them. In addition, the following things have to be put in mind:
- Use only one tampon at a time. Using two at a time is a no, no. At the same time, removing the used tampon before putting another one should be done at all times.
- Don’t precipitate yourself to vaginal Staph infection. Tampons should only be made use of when you have a period. Nothing more, nothing less.
- Most importantly, observe proper hygiene. You should never put tampons when you have not washed your hands or when the tampons are dirty.
Toxic Shock Syndrome is what will usually happen next if vaginal Staph infection treatment is deferred. It is possible that you might be suffering from Toxic Shock Syndrome when manifesting the following signs and symptoms during your period:
- High fever
- Sore Throat