2. Skin Rash

An inflamed, widespread skin rash is one of the characteristic symptoms of toxic shock syndrome. The rash is similar to a sunburn and often covers most of the body. It may appear within hours of the release of bacterial toxins. Within one or two weeks, the rash turns scaly, and the skin begins to peel. Peeling skin most often occurs on the palms and the soles of the feet.

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