Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a serious but uncommon bacterial infection.
- Toxic shock syndrome from staphylococcus starts suddenly with vomiting, high fever (temperature at least 102 degrees Fahrenheit [38.8 degrees Celsius]), a rapid drop in blood pressure (with lightheadedness or fainting), watery diarrhea, headache, sore throat, and muscle aches.
- Within 24 hours, a sunburn-like rash appears.
- There also may be bloodshot eyes and an unusual redness under the eyelids or inside the mouth (and vagina in females).
- Broken blood vessels may appear on the skin.
- Other symptoms may include: confusion or other mental changes; decreased urination; fatigue and weakness; thirst; weak and rapid pulse; pale, cool, moist skin; and rapid breathing.