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How lethal is meningitis?

How lethal is meningitis?

Depends: A bacterial meningitis can cause death in a very short period of time, 24 to 48 hrs if untreated. If you or someone you know has any concern for this whatsoever with symptoms such as fever headache, confusion, stiff painful neck etc they should go to the er now. ...Read more

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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which 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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Meningitis 2 yrs ago, always worry of getting sick again. Was in classroom full of kids, not close to them. Can I get sick just by standing in there?

Meningitis 2 yrs ago, always worry of getting sick again. Was in classroom full of kids, not close to them. Can I get sick just by standing in there?

Germ transfer: We usually acquire germs is through random events. Some germs can be airborne in droplets (cough), but most come from saliva transferred to surfaces like doorknobs, desk tops, etc. Adults randomly touch their face/nose 6 or more times/hr which leads to transfer of germs from fingers to face or mouth. From there they enter & begin the exposure process. Better hand washing or sanitizers can help you ...Read more

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What is meningitis?

What is meningitis?

Inflammation: Part 1: great question. It specifically refers to the inflammation 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 be caused by several microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. A lumbar puncture is the gold standard in obtaining spinal fluid for testing of meningitis. ...Read more

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What is meningitis?

What is meningitis?

Meningitis: Meningitis is an infection of the brain and the dura, a membrane that covers the brain. The typical symptoms associated with meningitis are fever, altered mental status (confusion) and lethargy - it is a serious problem and needs urgent treatment. ...Read more

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What is meningitis?

InflammationOfMening: Inflammation of the meninges caused by Virral, Bacterial, fungal&Parasitic infection of the protective membrane covering the brain&spinal chord collectively known as Meninges.
It can be life threatening&is a medical emergency.
It presents with fever, headcahe, neck stiffness, confusion. Infection begins elsewhere in body&spreads to meninges. Can be fatal if not treated quicklyCan leadTOdeath&BrainDamage ...Read more

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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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What is thr sytoms for meningitis?

What is thr sytoms for meningitis?

Fever, headache: Meningitis is the term denoting usually an infection causing inflammation of the covering tissue in brain and spinal cord. Fever, headache, neck stiffness and altered mental status are the chief symptoms the severity and the prognosis varies from case to case but it has to be taken seriously! ...Read more

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What is the syptoms for meningitis?

What is the syptoms for meningitis?

MENINGITIS: Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, presented with headache, nausea/vomiting, fever and neck stiffness.
In younger children it can be subtle, it can be presented with fever, lethargy, decrease oral intake, vomiting or irritability due to increased intracranial pressure, also seizure can be a presenting symptom especially in infants. ...Read more

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What are warning signs of meningitis?

Do you mean symptoms: Fever, headache, increased sensitivity to light and sound, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in thinking, level of consciousness, and so on. If you think you are getting meningitis go see a doctor asap instead of trying to diagnose yourself. ...Read more

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What is the classification for meningitis?

What is the classification for meningitis?

Cause: Meningitis is classified based on its cause. For instance bacterial, viral, or fungal. Certain types of cancers can cause a meningitis like picture. ...Read more

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What is tuberculous meningitis?

What is tuberculous meningitis?

Infection of CNS: Although tuberculosis may start in the lungs, it can also involve multiple body organ systems. When the infection gets into spinal fluid, it creates a type of meningitis that is a true medical emergency, and can be associated with a rather poor outcome if not treated in a timely fashion. ...Read more

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What are meningitis, tetnus, and diptheria?

What are meningitis, tetnus, and diptheria?

See below: Meningitis-an inflammation of the coverings of the brain usually caused by germs but can be caused by toxins (chemotherapy)
tetanus-a disease marked by severe muscle spasms caused by a toxin produced by germs growing in wounds.
Diphtheria: a disease caused by a germ s living in the upper airway/nose/throat that can produce obstruction or make a toxin that can injure the heart, kidneys, nerves. ...Read more

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How can I catch meningitis?

Meningitis: It is actually not easy to be infected with a meningitis organisms, one would need direct contact with an individual carrying a bacteria and even then it is not common. ...Read more

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How is meningitis diagnosed?

How is meningitis diagnosed?

By LP: The only way to diagnose meningitis is by looking at cerebral spinal fluid collected by a lumbar puncture. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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Can I still have meningitis?

Can I still have meningitis?

Hard to say: When you ask a basic question with no supportive information, it is difficult to formulate an answer. If certain symptoms are present that worry you, please start over, describe them and ask a specific question. The public site is not a chat room and questions are not linked. ...Read more

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What is meningitis caused by?

Many things: Meningitis can be caused by multiple types of infections, such as viruses, bacteria, etc. If you think you have meningitis, you should get checked as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What are meningitis symptoms?

What are meningitis symptoms?

Meningitis symptoms: Avoiding light due to the pain it causes.
Headaches
neck pain and stiffness
fever nausea vision changes
nausea
death - [its really really serious]. ...Read more

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How would manage meningitis?

How would manage meningitis?

Depends: It depends on the tyoe of meningitis. Some need antibiotics, some just pain relief and time. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose meningitis?

LP: A lumbar puncture for CSF is done. And the CSF is analyzed. However meningitis is an emergency and in a clinical history that fits antibiotics should be started as soon as possible to decrease morbidity. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of Meningitis?

What are symptoms of Meningitis?

Several: There are several usual features. Headache, fever, stiff neck, altered consciousness and possibly seizures. ...Read more

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What will help treat meningitis?

Antibiotics: Meningitis is a serious life-threatening illness which usually requires hospitalization and close monitoring. Bacterial meningitis is treated with IV antibiotics along with other medications to help keep patients as comfortable as possible. ...Read more

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What is the origin of meningitis?

What is the origin of meningitis?

Infection: It is infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord caused by bacteria or virus. ...Read more

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Does meningitis cause disability?

Does meningitis cause disability?

Meningitis/Disabilit: Yes it can cause several complications if treated late or not treated properly
all paptients with viral menengitis and 70to80% of patients with bacterial meningitis will recover completely.
The serious disabling complications are
brain damage
deafness
epilepsy
change in eye sight. ...Read more

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How to know if I have meningitis?

How to know if I have meningitis?

LP: When meningitis is suspected one needs to look at the spinal fluid. First get a ct of the head in most cases to exclude a mass lesion or abcess in the brain. Then a spinal tap is performed. The pressure of the fluid is checked as well as the fluid itself for excess proteine, low sugar, the presence of blood or excessive white blood cells and bacteria. Test / culture for fungi, bacteria ; viruses. ...Read more

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Is meningitis a dangerous disease?

Depends on agent: Meningitis is defined as an inflamation (generally caused by infection) of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The agent may be bacterial (like strep/staph/meningococcus); viral, fungal or parocitic. Some viral cases are mild & resolve without special rx. Most bacterial are deadly if untreated & may damage even with rx. Fungal & paracitic causes are also deadly & often harder to rx. ...Read more

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Can klebsiella cause a meningitis?

Yes: Klebsiella can cause meningitis, but it is not one of the more common causes. If you live in a developing country, such as east asia, it might be slightly more common. It can also be slightly more common in hospital-acquired cases. ...Read more

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What medications treat meningitis?

Meningitis treatment: For viral meningitis not much treatment - IV fluids, antinausea medications, pain medications

bacterial meningitis - antibiotics

fungal meningitis - antifungal treatments. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch meningitis?

Yes: Some people seem naturally immune to some of the germs that cause meningitis & some gain immunity thru shots. Those with no immunity can "catch it" after passage of the germ from a source (person or object) to your body. The nasal passages are a prime pathway to their invasion. A penetrating injury to the brain may also allow otherwise benign germs to cause a meningitis by opening the skin. ...Read more

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How can people contract meningitis?

Close contact: For the most part, bacterial meningitis is believed to be spread via respiratory and throat secretions, through close and prolonged contact with someone who carries the bacteria. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have meningitis?

How do I know if I have meningitis?

See below: The symptoms of meningitis are fever, stiff neck, headache, altered mental status and in some cases seizures. Viral meningitis is usually milder than bacterial meningitis ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of meningitis?

What are the symptoms of meningitis?

The symptoms of Meningitis include:: Fever, Rapid heart beat, Decreased mental status, Stiff neck, Severe headache, Vomiting, Nausea, Pain caused by bright lights, Rash. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have meningitis?

Meningitis: The most common symptoms are severe headaches, a stiff neck, sometimes confusion and disorientation with a high fever. ...Read more

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How is meningitis diagnosed usually?

Lumbar puncture: Meningitis is diagnosed by obtaining fluid from around the spinal cord during a procedure called a lumbar puncture. The fluid is then analyzed for bacteria, viruses, and signs of infection. ...Read more

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How easy is it to spread meningitis?

Meningitis: Causes of bacterial meningitis including strep, neisseria, h flu & viruses like enteroviruses, herpes, & hiv. Bacteria & viruses that cause meningitis colonize the nose & throat & are transmitted through respiratory droplets. Viral meningitis can also be transmitted by fecal-oral routes & insect bites. Usually contacts working within ~3 ft of those with meningitis r considered to be at high risk. ...Read more

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How do you get exposed to meningitis?

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 more

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How is it that meningitis can spread?

How is it that meningitis can spread?

Contact with germs: Meningitis can be spread by mucous secretions from the oral/ nasal membranes of someone who carries the germs. The germ source may be a healthy carrier or a sick person. The secretions are infective for a while on objects & can be acquired on your hands/fingers & passed to your face/nose. Some germs can be passed in inhaled droplets from a sneeze, or mucous of a kiss. ...Read more

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Early symptoms of meningitis are what?

Meningitis: Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities, and alterations in sensorium. ...Read more