Toxic shock syndrome: why favour menstrual panties?

Syndrome du choc toxique : pourquoi favoriser les culottes menstruelles ?

What is toxic shock?

Toxic shock will occur during a woman's period. Several conditions must be met. First of all, you must be a carrier of staphylococcus aureus. It is a bacterium that we have in us and in certain cases, when we wear a tampon or a menstrual cup for example, the blood flow will stagnate and will cause favorable conditions for the development of this staphylococcus aureus, which will produce a toxin which will clearly poison the body.

In general, it occurs when the protection used, whether it is a tampon, or a menstrual cup, or in rarer cases of sanitary towels, remained too long in position.

20 to 30% of women are carriers of staphylococcus aureus in a healthy way. The ANSES (Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l'alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail) has conducted a study and has not been able to really prove the link between the chemical substances contained in protections such as tampons or menstrual cups, but it has issued some recommendations regarding the composition: it is necessary to promote the reduction of these substances that can be controversial in sanitary protections.

What are the symptoms of toxic shock? How to react?

This syndrome appears by a very high fever. You can have headaches, nausea, a skin rash like a sunburn. It is absolutely necessary to take care of it very quickly, and to consult as soon as possible, and of course to think of removing the protection.

How to prevent toxic shock syndrome?

To prevent the appearance of toxic shock syndrome, it is important to respect the periods of hygiene related to the wearing of sanitary protection. So, for tampons for example, you should not use them for more than 8 hours in a row, and you should change them every day. It is even advised to change it every 4 to 6 hours. And especially not to wear it at night because in general when we sleep, we sleep minimum 8h. But sanitary towels must also be changed regularly because they can create a greenhouse effect, and thus promote the development of bacteria, not necessarily toxic shock, but other infections such as urinary tract infections or mycosis.

Avoid toxic shock syndrome with Elia menstrual panties ?

Our menstrual panties Elia are in organic cotton, and we use fibers of eucalyptus for the absorbing part, which makes it possible to always create an aired environment.

The interest of menstrual panties is that there will be a flow of blood and thus no favorable conditions for the development of the toxic shock syndrome.

However, even menstrual panties must be washed every 12 hours maximum. It is pre-washed with clear water and then put in the rest of the laundry at 30° or 40° in the machine. It is very important to change it also every day and not to cumulate the use of menstrual panties over several days, since the blood which stagnates in the panties can also be responsible for infections.

Remember one thing: remember to change your sanitary protection regularly and whatever it is!

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