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How Do You Get Meningitis
Susceptable/exposed: A variety of germs that cause meningitis can be carried by healthy folks in their nose& throat & these folks never get ill. They can pass it on to their environment thru secretions or droplets of a sneeze. A susceptable person then acquires the germ and it invades their system, often thru the sensitive linings of the nasal passages.We're not sure why some get sick & some don't. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection: Dont know what you are looking for- giving a general answer. Usually infection from other parts of body may spread to the meninges (the layers surrounding the brain). Infection in blood, infection in parts of body adjacent to the brain like ear, nose, sinus etc. And also if the is some form if manipulation of the meninges (shunt, brain surgery, lumbar puncture), it increases the risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Share time/space: If you share time and space with any person who carries the germs of meningitis, you have been exposed. The degree of exposure relates to the intamacy of the contact, & or the hygenic practices of the exposed (wash your hands). The exposure may be to a healthy person with no signs of illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone had meningitis and i stayed near him or her do I get meningitis as well? And if someone is having meningitis, will I have meningitis?
Depends on the type: Most people have a distorted view of "meningitis" since most are familiar with the fearsome "meningococcal" form, caused by neisseria meningitidis bacteria. In fact, many, types of meningitis (bacteria, virus, etc) are not contagious just by merely standing beside a person. It depends on how an organism cause a meningitis and how intact a person's immune system is in fighting the offending agent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
WhyDoYouThinkThat: Why are you terrified that you have or are going to get Meningitis.Are you sick or have you been exposed to a case of Meningitis.Or you just have an imaginatory fear that you do or are going to get Meningitis My advice is if you are sick,dont waste time and go to ER.and get checked. If you have been exposed there may be vaccine and drugs which can be given to contacts If none you may need Therapy ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spread meningitis: Most cases of meningitis have been spread by droplet infection. Bacteria and viruses can be carried in the saliva eventhough others may be asymptomatic. I suggest you not kiss your dog on the mouth and wash you hands well before eating and putting your hands in your mouth or against your nose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would happen if meningitis went untreated? Could someone ultimately get better on their own or would death occur?
Meningitis: Although perhaps not 100% fatal, the percentage is close, and if the patient does not die they may have significant post-infectious neurological and other complications which may be permanent. ...Read more
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