Sinus Infections Can Cause Toxic Shock in Children

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

A new study shows seasonal allergies in children can be dangerous.

The study out of Children’s Hospital of Denver shows sinus infections can cause toxic shock syndrome in children.

The study found sinus infections to be a primary factor in nearly 20% of toxic shock syndrome cases in children.

Toxic shock syndrome is a blood infection that causes fever, rash, and low blood pressure, among other symptoms.

Dr. Christopher Lepisto says a sinus infection feels like the flu but is concentrated around nasal passages, whereas toxic shock syndrome will come on quickly and severely, and cause a high fever.

Lepisto says your best bet is to practice preventative measures to keep allergens out of your home, like changing your clothes when you come inside, using an air purifier or air conditioning, keeping windows shut, and bathing after spending extended time outdoors.

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