For a few days in a row, Emily Pankhurst, a 20-year-old criminology student was feeling bloated and weak. At first she didn’t pay too much attention to it and blamed it on the stress of school. After a while, she started to feel frail as strange colored spots started to appear on her skin. Things got serious as she started to bleed again after a cycle and was forced to see the doctor. She was diagnosed with a terrifying condition.
Emily had TSS (toxic shock syndrome), and the cause was a tampon she had forgotten about more than a week.
She found the tampon thanks to her mother who thought that the bleeding between cycles is a clear sign that something is very wrong. Thanks to her mom Emily is alive and well today.
Emily took a photo of her bloated belly at the hospital.
Emily is still week now, but on the way to a full recovery. She hopes that by sharing her story, others will take notice and start to take better care of themselves.
It is so important to keep an eye on your health, especially during stressful life experiences. I hope my story can help others like myself to take care of your health and not take your life for granted because you never know what might be around the corner.
TSS maybe rare, but it has to be taken very seriously. Things escalate when bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus or staph) from infections finds their way into the bloodstream.
The most common symptoms of TSS are:
- High Fever
- Vomiting / Diarrhea
- Sunburn-like Rash
- Low Blood Pressure
- Muscle Pain
In this case TSS is connected to the misuse of tampons, but it could happen to anyone that had some kind of a viral infection, surgery or even a serious burn or a cut. Make no mistake, if TSS is left untreated it will cause death!
Since the use of a tampon is the most common reason, here are a few tips that can keep you safe.
- Make sure you use a tampon with the lowest absorbency for your flow.
- Switch to pads at night.
- Always wash your hands before and after inserting a tampon.
- Do not leave a tampon for more than 8 hours.
- Use only one tampon at a time.
- Make sure you check for tampons when your period ends.
- I`m sure many of you already think that you will never forget a tampon, but it can happen to anyone at any time so we strongly recommend checking.
If you want to learn more about TSS check out the video below…