You may never link using a tampon to something as scary as toxic shock syndrome. However, a 15-year-old Michigan teen, Rylie Whitten, was struck with the rare, life-threatening staph (staphylococcus aureus) and strep (streptococcus) bacterial infection this past January, after using a monthly menstrual product that many women don’t even think twice about and never assume would have negative health implications…
1. Prevalence of Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic shock syndrome first gained media news attention in the late 1970s and early 1980s following the fatalities of several young women who used super-absorbent tampons.
Data from WebMD reveals that one third of all toxic shock diagnosis strike females who are under the age of 19-years old. There is also a 30 risk of reoccurrence in patients who’ve had toxic shock previously.