8-Year-Old's Mysterious Toxic Shock Syndrome Diagnosis

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The Doctors share the cautionary story of Gabriella, who battled toxic shock syndrome at just 8 years old. Her mom warns this sometimes deadly health issue is not limited to only adults.

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At first, doctors thought the 8-year-old was suffering from impetigo when she developed a small spot on her arm. Her condition got worse and she then developed swollen eyes and red itchy skin. She was admitted to the hospital where it was finally determined she was dealing with toxic shock syndrome, an uncommon but possibly life-threatening bacterial infection that can happen with women related to tampon use.

The Doctors note that Gabriella's story highlights that toxic shock syndrome can occur in ways that are not commonly associated with the infection and commend mom Christine for being persistent in getting her daughter the correct diagnosis.

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The family is happy to share that Gabriella has recovered and she is feeling much better. Mom Christine notes that going forward her daughter will have to be careful about TSS occurring again. 

Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says a common sign of a possible TSS infection is a peeling of the skin on the palms of the hand or the soles of the feet. She also says a high fever, feeling bad, or feeling "out of sorts" are also signs. She stresses that if any of these symptoms occur while someone is dealing with a rash, to seek medical attention.

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