Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a serious but uncommon bacterial infection.

  1. 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.
  2. Within 24 hours, a sunburn-like rash appears.
  3. There also may be bloodshot eyes and an unusual redness under the eyelids or inside the mouth (and vagina in females).
  4. Broken blood vessels may appear on the skin.
  5. 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.