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Does Bacterial Meningitis Make You Sterile
Yes: Most are initially treated with several different antibiotics at high doses until lab data shows which med would do the best job acting alone. Early diagnosis & treatment permit the best outcome. There is a risk of complications in all which very with the type of germ & speed of detection and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial meningitis: Bacterial meningitis is usually severe. While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities. There are several pathogens (types of germs) that can cause bacterial meningitis. Some of the leading causes of bacterial meningitis in the United States include haemophilus influenzae (most often caused by type b, hib). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial Meningitis: Inflammation accounts for some symptoms of bacterial meningitis such as headache, sensitivity to light, and neck stiffness. Common symptoms of bacterial meningitis include difficulty thinking clearly, fever greater than 101*f, generalized aches and pains, irritability, loss of appetite, lethargy, rash, rapid heart beat, and seizure. ...Read more
Bacterial meningitis: The symptoms depend on the age of the patient. In children & babies they may not be able to tell us about their symptoms. They maye fever, vomitig lethargy or not feed well. Children however may be far progressed before their symptoms come to be noticed. If your child is not neuologically ame as routine & has fever you should have him/her be checked asap. ...Read more
Headache Plus: Headache occurs in at least 90% of people with meningitis. Stiff neck occurs in at least 85% of people with meningitis fever and chills occur in at least 90% of people with meningitis. Vomiting occurs in about 35% of people with meningitis fear of bright lights (photophobia) confusion seizures history of a recent upper respiratory infection. ...Read more
Like the flu: Great question. Bacteria causesinflammation of a protective layer of the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. Clinically, movements that stretch this layer (i.e. Bending the neck forward) will be painful. It can also lead to flu- symptoms such as headache, fever, malaise, nausea, and vomiting. Light sensitivity can also occur (photophobia). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fever & headache: Bacterial meningitis is a dangerous, often life-threatening disease.It is an infection of the covering of the brain. Most have fever, malaise, headache, and pain when bending chin down to chest. Some patients have purple, blotchy rashes. If you susepct meninigits, go quickly to your closest emergency room. Fortunaely, some types are preventable with vaccines. ...Read more
How you get meningit: The bacteria that cause meningitis can be transmitted by droplet infection, such as Meningococcal meningitis. Some by direct spread from an infected area such as an ear infection. Sepsis, a generalized infection in an immune compromised patient may spread to the brain. Penetrating wounds of the head may lead to meningitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are available for treatment. The earlier treatment is started, the greater the possibility of cure without long term consequences. However, f treatment is delayed, the likelihood of significant neurologic damage increases. Death may occur if antibiotic treatment is delayed. Some bacteria are so virulent that they may cause death shortly after infection begins. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some types: Meningococcal meningitis can be highly contagious, especially in close quarters, e.g. College dorms, military recruits. Vaccinations recommended, before exposure, contacts get prophylactic antibiotic rx. Others may or not be, depending on the type and how the meningitis was contracted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain damage: Hearing loss, alterations in a wide range of neurological functions can occur. These are predominantly due to inflammation of the sheath of blood vessels entering the brain through the subarachnoid space (which the meninges surround). With brain swelling, herniation of the brain stem can occur, usually fatally. The type of damage will depend upon which areas of brain are attacked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some > than others: Some forms are much more worrisome than others. Meningococcal meningitis is quite contagious and close contacts are routinely given antibiotics to interrupt transmission. Pneumococcal meningitis contacts are not, since the germ is relatively common among normal individuals and it has not been found necessary. ...Read more
Bacterial Meningitis: Hearing loss, mental retardation, seizure, speech and language delay, visual impairment, behavioral problem. Early recognition, prompt antibiotic rx and supportive care reduces severity of long term complications. Less than 6 mo age, severe infection, seizure more than 4 days into therapy, coma, tend to have more long-term sequelae. Severe neuro-developmental sequelae in 10-20% and 50% have some. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be: Meningitis can have many long lasting effects. Bacterial infections in the brain (meningitis) can affect the parts of the body controlled by that part of the brain. Deafness, seizure, speech disorders and seizures can be a permanent effect of bacterial meningitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antibiotics: Bacterial meningitis would always be treated with antibiotics. The initial antibiotics would be chosen to cover multiple different types of bacteria. However, if cultures from the spinal fluid grow a specific type of bacteria the treatment would be adjusted to target that organism. Depending on the severity of meningitis some patients may need rehabilitation. ...Read more
Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating.It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents.The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started. ...Read more
Varies: Different bacteria produce bacterial meningitis, so there is not a universal answer to this question. Nevertheless, usually close contact with human secretions is necessary to produce meningitis. The bacteria that commonly cause bacterial meningitis due not typically survive for a long period of time outside the human body. ...Read more
Different germs: Bacterial meningitis is bad and can cause brain damage (with bad outcomes such as deafness, blindness, inability to do everyday activities, . . ., and possibly death). The routine types of viral meningitis usually resolve by themselves, with the patients returning to normal. There are some less common types of viral meningitis that do cause damage. These are reasons why meningitis is so serious. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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