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Can you die from leaving a tampon in too long? Tampon in for 2 days.

Question Posted Monday December 27 2010, 5:01 am

I put in a tampon on the last day of my period and kind of forgot about it. I know, I know. Weird. Anyway, I didn't really mess with myself down there and so I ended up wearing a tampon for 2 days straight. Last night, when the tampon was still inside me, I started to not feel good. Today I ended up starting the flu virus and been throwing up, running a fever, etc. So, I was thinking...if you leave a tampon in too long then it obviously can make you get things like flus. And people have been known to die of the flu. So, can you actually die from leaving a tampon in too long?

PS I did take the tampon out like an hour ago when I realized it.

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moniitah answered Tuesday January 4 2011, 12:23 pm:
dear conserned,
Umm i dont think so but i can cause as wat you have an infection in your vagina umm i can cause a blader infection also .. and sicknesess

i hope you never do that again and your welcome

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jazzyvanscoy answered Sunday January 2 2011, 10:15 am:
You'll probably be fine, but always remember to take it out, if you leave it in too long, you could have toxic syndrome I believe so good luck, but I think you'll be fine (:

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AnonYmousezNice answered Sunday January 2 2011, 3:42 am:
well jesus christ haha i hope you can laugh at yourself. you didnt feel that shit gettin sticky icky heavy after peeing throughout the day? don't worry, one time my friend was having sex and forgot there was a tampon in so it got shoved up her uterus even deeper and her bf had to go in there and find it for her. (that was also her first time sexing, so kinda hilarious, gotta laugh at yourself). anyway, tampons suck you dry. you're probly gonna be fine, your system just reacted. your white cell count is probly tremendous and that can make anyone sick if what the cells are fighting is already gone. also, from now on, never sleep with a tampon in overnight. ever. you wont die if you do, but it's not good for you. i know pads suck but at night, humble yourself and wear the diaper. your vagina will thank you for it.

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adviceman49 answered Monday December 27 2010, 8:20 am:
Please follow CIAO77's advice immediately. Toxic Shock is a serious life threatening illness that befalls otherwise healthy women who do not change their Tampons when they should.

You need to call your doctor or visit an emergency room or urgent care facility immediately, even if you do not have any symptoms and are feeling fine. Also change your tampon if you have not already done so.

Several years ago their was a nationwide, almost epidemic, outbreak of toxic shock that killed many young women. The cause was traced to prolonged application of extra strength tampons. Manufactures changed their recommendations on how long these Tampons could be used before changing them because of this finding.

Do not wait, call your doctor or go to the hospital emergency room.

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ciao77 answered Monday December 27 2010, 5:56 am:
You need to go see a doctor immediately, do not risk anything. You could have developed TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome); common symptoms are fever (temp of 101 or higher), vomiting, etc.., I'm not meaning to scare you, but you really need to see a doctor right away. You should go to the emergency room and let the hospital staff know what happened, and that you have been vomiting and have a temperature. Complications of TSS can be life threatening if left untreated.

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You could call your doctor for more advice, or to see if he/she could make an emergency appointment for you. Better safe than sorry. You should change your tampon every 3-6 hours, depending on the flow. To minimize risk of TSS, use a tampon with the minimum absorbency for your flow. I alternate between using tampons and pads (tampons for first day or two, and pads afterward), and do not wear tampons overnight. With the situation you're in, you should consider switching to pads. But bottom line, do not wait to see a doctor.

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