Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) (cont.)

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What are toxic shock syndrome symptoms and signs?

TSS symptoms and signs a resemble those found in other infections; however, the most common symptoms of TSS are as follows:

Skin shedding may occur on the palms and soles of the feet about one or two weeks after the initial infection begins.

Picture of skin loss in toxic shock syndrome (TSS)
Picture of skin loss in toxic shock syndrome (TSS); SOURCE: CDC

Some clinicians classify TSS by stages -- others do not. However, early symptoms such as a high fever and a falling blood pressure may occur before later stages of organ damage appear. Early symptoms can be confused with those of other diseases, like norovirus or other viral and bacterial infections, especially in young women.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2014