Toxic shock is an uncommon condition (less than one case occurs each year for every 2500 menstruating women) has been given considerable publicity. A woman developing toxic shock suddenly has a high temperature, sore throat, headache, aching muscles and, sometimes, watery diarrhea. A sunburn-like rash cover her skin, her eyes become reddened. Three days later, the skin begins to flake, like dandruff.
In a number of cases the blood pressure falls and the woman develops “shock”. Toxic shock is due to the release of toxin from a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus (the “golden staph”) which lives in the vagina.
Women who choose tampons have an increased risk of developing toxic shock and should, choose a cotton or “non-enhanced” rayon tampon, of the lowest effective absorbency.
A proposal in the USA is that all tampons packages should have the absorbency rates of the various tampons printed on the package, so that a woman can choose the tampon with the lowest absorbency which works for her. As well the woman should change her tampon every 4 hours and use a pad or mini-pad at night rather than tampon.
“Other silent killers in society are not things spiritual alone but those caused by our own doing through civilization.” – Francisca Adjei Sarpong.
Source: Derek Llewellyn Jones.