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Health Tip: Use Tampons Properly

-- Tampons, which help women control menstrual bleeding, must be used properly to prevent an infection called toxic shock syndrome (TSS).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these guidelines for tampon safety:

  • Follow directions provided by the manufacturer to ensure that tampons are used properly.
  • Use the lowest possible absorbency to control your menstrual bleeding.
  • Change the tampon at least every four to eight hours.
  • Try to alternate use of tampons with sanitary pads.
  • Call your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms of TSS, which may include: sudden fever of more than 102 degrees, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, fainting, rash, sore throat or bloodshot eyes.
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Posted: March 2008