Top
20
Doctor insights on: Meningitis Exposure During Pregnancy

Share
1

1
Testing for meningitis during pregnancy. How do they do it?

Testing for meningitis during pregnancy. How do they do it?

Spinal tap: Meningitis is diagnosed with a spinal tap or lumbar puncture. This procedure is similar (but not as complex to perform) as a spinal epidural given for anesthesia during labor. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
4 doctors shared insights

Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


2

2
Can I have meningitis vaccination during pregnancy?

Can I have meningitis vaccination during pregnancy?

Yes: There should not be a complication restricting your vaccination for neisseria meningitidis during pregnancy. ...Read more

4

4
Can we done the lumber puncture in 36wks pregnancy. Sugggestive diagnosis is menigitis. ?

Can we done the lumber puncture in 36wks pregnancy. Sugggestive diagnosis is menigitis.
?

Yes: Lumbar puncture may be done anytime during pregnancy.A variation of that is done for anesthisia at time of delivery when a saddle block is done. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Can you please explain the gestation period for bacterial and/or viral meningitis?

Can you please explain the gestation period for bacterial and/or viral meningitis?

Meningitis: It if is a true infection then in both cases the symptoms of a viral or bacterial meningitis are fairly rapid, there are some bacteria that can take longer to be symptomatic meaning up to two to three weeks though this is unusual. Signs and symptoms of meningitis include headaches, vomiting, altered mental status, confusion, speech difficulties among other findings. ...Read more

7

7
How does ionizing radiation increase the chance of meningitis even long after the initial exposure?

How does ionizing radiation increase the chance of meningitis even long after the initial exposure?

Not meningitis : You may be referring to a long term increased incidence of meningiomas after ionizing radiation. This has been attributed to dna damage. ...Read more

9

9
Are there any racial disparities for meningitis exposure?

Are there any racial disparities for meningitis exposure?

Study from 1976: There was an increase in blacks and more so native americans but was thought to do with over crowding and poverty. There is some more recent evidence that it is higher in blacks but for unknown reasons. In conclusion: there might be but the research is not great. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
Because my toddler cannot talk, what symptomss should I look for if there might have been an exposure to meningitis?

Meningitis: This is characterized by fever, chills, headache, sensitivity to light and/or sound, nausea and vomiting, changes in sensorium (in your toddler alterations in behavior), and neurological abnormalities. If the baby is acting differently than normally, not eating, fussy, crying incessantly, warm to touch, etc., see a pediatrician asap. Unless the exposure was intimate - unlikely to get meningitis. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
11

11
How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms to appear after exposure to meningitis?

How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms to appear after exposure to meningitis?

48h: Viral meningitides take 48h max. Most are bacterial and much less contagious. If you're worried - go to er and get spinal tap- a safe relatively painless procedure in experienced hands. ...Read more

12

12
5 yrs old had meningitis when 3yrs and recovered. Gets painful headache almost once every year until this yr he had 3. During crisis he doesn't see?

Headache: Is there anyone in the family with migraine headaches? If yes, yoiur child is probably experienceing post meningitic migraine, similar to trauma triggered migraine. The most common treatment would be over the counter analgesics such as Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). Visual disturbances are common in migraine headaches, although total loss of vision is less common. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
How does meningitis affect the endocrine system during and afterwards?

How does meningitis affect the endocrine system during and afterwards?

Adrenal collapse: This may occur in Meningococcal sepsis with meningitis (called the waterhouse-friedrickson syndrome), and similar condition may occur with pneumococci in persons with no spleen or with altered antibody production (myeloma, etc.). In any bacterial infection with sepsis there are alterations in glucose metabolism and Insulin and glucogon production, as well as physiological hypoadrenocorticolism. ...Read more

14

14
I started to get itchy since last year during winter after getting a meningitis shot for college into my skin which formed a ball. What could it be?

I started to get itchy since last year during winter after getting a meningitis shot for college into my skin which formed a ball. What could it be?

I don't think the: meningitis shot reaction is related to the itchiness.Sometimes,after a shot,one can develop a local reaction,like you have described.This is just a local reaction and should not have systemic effects.A very common cause of generalized itching is dry skin or allergies.So,moisturize 3-4 times daily and try an antihistamine like Zyrtec (cetirizine) to c if either helps.If not p,c ur doc or a Dermatologist.?? ...Read more

15

15
Could a person exposed to meningitis during heart surgery, who got very ill and had a 2 month stay in the hospital, have had undiagnosed meningitis?

Could a person exposed to meningitis during heart surgery, who got very ill and had a 2 month stay in the hospital, have had  undiagnosed  meningitis?

Unlikely: There is only one form of meningitis that is communicable and that one is almost always fatal. Meningitis is relatively easy to diagnose so if someone were in a hospital for 2 months, the diagnosis would very likely be made and treatment given. ...Read more

16

16
Is it normal to still have headache, nausea and dizziness after treatment with steroids and during antibiotic treatment for bact. Meningitis?

Is it normal to still have headache, nausea and dizziness after treatment with steroids and during antibiotic treatment for bact. Meningitis?

Usually: I've always been impressed with how poorly some folks continue to feel even after treatment for meningitis. Make sure you follow up with your neurologist. There's meds we can use to help. ...Read more

17

17
Aftr 9 mnths of TB meningitis my 22 yrs old fiancee stil feels terrible pain during her physical therapy of legs? She HS mild dystonia of right nd mild hemiparesis of left, taking baclofen+tizanidine

Aftr 9 mnths of TB meningitis my 22 yrs old fiancee stil feels terrible pain during her physical therapy of legs? She HS mild dystonia of right nd mild hemiparesis of left, taking baclofen+tizanidine

Neuropathy/neuralgia: Your fiancé has suffered a serious neurological condition. Clearly at nine months she is still working through significant neurologic deficits –hemiparesis, spasm and pain. Baclofen and tizanidine are primarily for spasms. Additional pain related medications include Neurontin or lyrica (pregabalin). She should be under neurologic care and treatment – hopefully already is. Avoid narcotics as possible. ...Read more

18

18
How can I avoid toxic exposure during pregnancy?

How can I avoid toxic exposure during pregnancy?

Route of exposure: The three most common routes of exposure to toxins are oral (ingestion), respiratory (breathing in), transdermal (through the skin). Learn the potential toxins and avoid the routes above. Remember each toxin or toxoid has an entry route & specific combination of symptoms. Some common are tobacco smoke and smog in air, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals for oral, and oil based toxic substance 4skin. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
19

19
Fifths disease exposure during pregnancy, what to do?

Fifths disease exposure during pregnancy, what to do?

Parvo and pregnant: Fortunately, about half of pregnant exposed to Parvovirus B19 are already immune, and there are no ill consequences to mother or baby. Risk of miscarriage and fetal anemia occurs in less than 5%, usually in the first few months of gestation. There is no treatment, but your OB may want to increase monitoring, and they would likely want to be notified of your possible infection. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
During what time during the pregnancy is the fetus most at risk to virus' and drug exposure?

Varies : Some exposures are time sensitive, thalidamide produces undeveloped limbs only to those exposed from 6-9 wks. Some are variable, alcohol can alter facial features or heart formation in the 1st trimester but injury to brain function throughout pregnancy.Some infections cause fetal loss early, but organ injury, deafness, blindness etc if it occurs late. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. William Singer
838 doctors shared insights

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