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Is It Possible To Get Bacterial Meningitis From Popping Pimples
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 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
I am not sure if I ever had the vaccine for bacterial meningitis. Is it safe to get it for a second time?
Yes: It would not be a problem to have it given several times. There would likely be a modest benefit of boosting immunity if you did. If I was in an at risk population I would probably get it every 5 years just to be well protected. ...Read more
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
Should I be concerned if my daughter had bacterial meningitis at 2 1/2 months. Is she more succeptable to get it again?
Infection: Don't 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 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
Yes: If he is going to college, camp, the armed services or any other group setting, he is in a high risk group and should have a booster. ...Read more
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
24 hours w/pharyngitis, sore neck shoulders, mild headache comes and goes. Worried about bacterial meningitis doc said don't worry. Get 2nd opinion?
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 more
Bacterial carriage: The tricky thing with Neisseria meningitidis, the bacteria most responsible for bacterial meningitis in young people is that it can be 'carried' in the nose/throat for weeks to months by unsuspecting people. In those folks, it doesn't cause disease, but in a crowded setting can spread to others (coughs, sneezes, kisses, shared drinks etc) where it can then attack others. We have good vaccines tho. ...Read more
Bacterial meningitis: Acute bacterial meningitis usually presents within 24 hours of the start of infection due to the severity of symptoms. Treatment with antibiotics can rapidly clear the bacterial infection, but neurologic sequelae can persist for days to weeks or longer, and in some cases may be permanent. ...Read more
You don't: You can suspect it, but can't confirm it without the spinal tap results. ...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 more
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 more
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 more
Several side effects: Bacterial meningitis is a severe infection of the covering of the brain. It can lead to death within 24 hrs. It can also result in hearing loss, vision loss or decrease, and mental retardation. In infancy, it can also lead to cerebral palsy. And in some cases can cause seizures. ...Read more
My doctor thinks I might have bacterial meningitis. Wants more info to confirm, but I am worried. What exactly is it?
Viral meningitis?: Bacterial meningitis (bm) is a life-threatening infection in the fluid surrounding the brain & spinal cord. Symptoms are sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting often accompanied by seizures, confusion, & coma. Suspicion of bm, based on history & physical exam mandates immediate diagnostic spinal tap. If you had bm you wouldn't be surfing the internet. Perhaps viral meningitis. ...Read more
Different: Bacteria of many types can cause meningitis. In premi's it is often Group B strep or E.coli. In unimmunized infants and toddlers, Hemoplillis influenzae or pneumococcus & rarely meningococcus. In older kids, teens and adults it may be meningococcus or pneumococcus among others. Meningococcal meningitis is just getting more advertising time with newer vaccines available. ...Read more
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