Lisa Elifritz lost her 20 year old daughter Amy Rae Elifritz to tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) on June 13, 2010. From that time on, Lisa has been committed to doing everything possible to raise awareness. In 2011, she founded the non-profit organization You ARE Loved. As of June 2011, the organization has already reached tens of thousands of people through face-to-face educational programs and online awareness initiatives.
Toxic Shock Syndrome Basic Facts:
Toxic Shock Syndrome develops when the common bacteria, Staphylococcus Aureus, produce a toxin which is absorbed into the bloodstream. The toxin rapidly overwhelms the immune system and attacks the major organs, leading to kidney failure, collapse of the lungs and in severe cases, cardiac arrest. Alarmingly, half of all known cases of Toxic Shock are women using TAMPONS.
- Sore throat
- Aching muscles
- High temperature; over 102 degrees F
- Watery diarrhea
- Red rash
- Very low blood pressure
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