#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: What Is A Tampon?


Q: Please what is tampon?

A: Tampons are products like sanitary pads used
to absorb menstrual flow. A tampon is cylindrical in shape and has a string at
one end that can be used to pull the tampon out. Sometimes, this string may go
inside your body but you can usually feel the tampon and pull it out.

There is a
dangerous infection that can occur in females who use tampons. It’s called
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). It is not caused by tampons but because tampons in
the vagina create a perfect environment for bacteria (staphylococcus aureus in
this case) to thrive, a toxin is created that causes severe illness. Young
teens with fewer antibodies to the infection are more likely to experience this
than older females.

Symptoms of
TSS includesuddenhigh fever, headaches, redness
of the eyes, mouth and throat, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures etc. If you
experience any of these…

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