Toxic Shock Syndrome Treatment
The successful treatment of toxic shock syndrome depends on its early identification. Treatment often includes oxygen therapy, intravenous fluids, antibiotics, and immunoglobulin G, and corticosteroids. Surgery may be necessary to remove infected tissue.
Specific treatment for toxic shock syndrome may include:
- Oxygen therapy
- Intravenous fluids
- Immunoglobulin G (IVIG) for toxic shock syndrome
- Antibiotics for toxic shock syndrome:
- Selection depends on species of bacteria (streptococcus versus staphylococcus)
- Penicillin G (Pfizerpen)
- Nafcillin (Unipen)
- Oxacillin (Bactocill)
- Clindamycin (Cleocin)
- Vancomycin (Vancocin)
- Linezolid (Zyvox)
- Daptomycin (Cubicin)
- Corticosteroid medication for toxic shock syndrome:
- Drotrecogin alpha:
- For severe toxic shock syndrome
- Shock treatment
- Mechanical ventilation:
- Supports breathing
- Surgery for toxic shock syndrome:
- To remove severely infected tissue
Toxic Shock Syndrome Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of toxic shock syndrome.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having toxic shock syndrome again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Toxic Shock Syndrome Specialist
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