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What causes meningitis?

What causes meningitis?

Many things: Meningitis develops when the circulating bacteria, virus, or fungi in the blood stream seeds and infects the meninges (thick covering of brain). Occasionally, it can also be an extension of inflammation of adjacent structures, e.g., paranasal sinus, to meninges. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more


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Does cellulitis cause meningitis? I heard it could.

Does cellulitis cause meningitis? I heard it could.

Cellulitis: Cellulitis may travel through the bloodstream and if it is untreated, it can travel into the meninges and cause meningitis. One cannot ignore cellulitis. See your physician for treatment. ...Read more

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What infectious agents cause meningitis?

What infectious agents cause meningitis?

The following:: Bacteria of multiple types, including meningococci, pneumococci, etc. Viruses which can be airborne, arthropod borne, or of GI origin. Also, tuberculosis, parasites, such as amoebas, etc. Lastly, a variety of fungus infestations. (incidentally, sometimes invasive cancers can involve the meninges or brain coverings, and mimic infectious meningitis.). ...Read more

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Can a body piercing cause meningitis?

Can a body piercing cause meningitis?

Meningitis: If it is not done in a sterile fashion, infection can spread in the body, which can include meningitis as well. ...Read more

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I "popped" a blackhead right on border of danger triangle. The blackhead didn't pop OUT but went INSIDE the skin,left a hole.Can it cause meningitis?

I "popped" a blackhead right on border of danger triangle. The blackhead didn't pop OUT but went INSIDE the skin,left a hole.Can it cause meningitis?

R/O CELLULITIS: Cellulitis is a superficial skin infection that can be caused after an abrasion . Keep the area clean and apply topical antibiotics. Seek prompt evaluation for potential need of oral antibiotics/X-ray /labs. In that area the infection can spread and cause either ENCEPHALITIS OR MENINGITIS .SEEK PROLPT MEDICAL EVALUATION ! ...Read more