Toxic Shock Syndrome - Symptoms

Toxic shock syndrome begins suddenly with a fever of 102° F (38°C) or more. Other symptoms include vomiting, a watery diarrhea, headache, and a sunburn-like rash. Blood pressure may drop quickly. When this happens, the patient may become confused or go into shock. The kidneys may fail. Later, the skin on hands and feet may peel.

Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) is characterized by fever, dizziness, breathing problems, and a weak, rapid pulse rate. The patient's blood pressure drops suddenly and dramatically.

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