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Is A Baby Able To Get Bacterial Meningitis
Very good: Survival is not really the issue. Survival without permanent damage is the major goal. When meningitis is suspected, aggressive treatment is quite effective most of the time. However, many of these children will be left with permanent neurological problems. We are getting better at limiting these problems. ...Read more
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
Germ + invasion: Your typical meningitis germ can be acquired from contact with an asymptomatic carrier or actual meningitis patient in secretions they leave behind. This includes on objects or surface or through direct contact. Your hands can pick them up, pass them to your face where they can enter the nose or upper airway. They can linger for a while & do nothing or begin to invade & cause you an infection. ...Read more
Not easily: The organisms causing this usually live in the back of the nose and throat as normal bacterial populations. They get into the blood stream and enter the subarachnoid space (surrounded by the meninges) though a structure called the choroid plexus. It is an uncommon disease these days since advent of vaccines for the meningococcus, pneumococcus and hemophilus influenzae. ...Read more
Go To School/camp: Because they go to school, clleges/dorms, and camps where there is more chances of contacting the infection if one has it it spreads eassily. ...Read more
Varies: Bacterial meningitis can have effects from no long lasting problems to severe problems with hearing loss, seizures, etc. It depends on what the organism was that caused it and whether or not it was treated promptly. If your child has had bacterial meningitis, he/she will need close follow up to determine if any lasting effects are present. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I had bacterial meningitis as a child, was in a coma for a few days. What are long term complications of this disease?
Should be apparent : Bacterial meningitis has the nasty tendency to produce a specific set of problems depending on how soon it was detected & how effective it was treated. Hearing loss was common, brain abscesses can lead to seizures & or movement problems (cp), learning disabilities & the like. As an adult, you either have some of these issues or not. They would have been apparent by school age at the latest. ...Read more
Should i be concerned if my daughter had bacterial meningitis at 2 1/2 months. Is she more succeptable to get it again?
My son just turned 12... How long do I have to get him immunized for bacterial meningitis? And how does one catch this meningitis ?
Menactra: According to the manufacturer, immunity begins to decline after 2-3 years but may last as long as 5. The initial dose is recommended at 11-12 years, with a booster at 16-18 years. The highest risk for contracting this disease seems to be for those living in close quarters , such as in dormitories. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: The bacterium staph. Aureus can cause bacterial meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain & spinal cord) and is a common cause of skin infections. While broken skin can introduce bacteria into the blood stream, it is unlikely for bacterial meningitis to result from popping pimples. That being said, popping pimples can lead to scarring & skin infections... & isn't advised. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I help my self.. With some after effects of bacterial meningitis? Isn't there any way to get these effects minimized to some extent? Therapy?
What effects?: If you can be more specific about your "effects" from bacterial meningitis, then it would easier to offer advice. The typical after effects that are usually seen in young children can include hearing and visual difficulties, seizures, possible learning difficulties etc. If you are dealing with any of these, you should speak to your physician and get appropriate therapy. ...Read more
Baby head is burning hot, but forehead n body pretty cool could this be bacterial meningitis, and he consantly hits himself in the head and bangs his?
More info needed: If you want us to render a diagnosis we at least have to have a temperature to go on. Touch and feel temperatures are meaningless. ...Read more
I am not sure if I ever had the vaccine for bacterial meningitis. Is it safe to get it for a second time?
Can neck pain, general malaise and nausea be only symptoms of bacterial meningitis in adults could vaccinated child pass disease to unvaccinated adult?
Not the only symptom: Bacterial meningitis causes a severe headache and neck ache- not just general malaise and nausea....That sounds more like flu. Viral meningitis can be passed form person to person and bacterial forms that we do not have vaccines for so yes to second part of question- if you have concerns about meningitis that person needs to be seen asap. ...Read more
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