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Dr. William Singer
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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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Does anyone know if meningitis affects memory?

Does anyone know if meningitis affects memory?

Yes: Damage to various portions of the brain can affect memory. ...Read more

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Does hearing loss caused by meningitis continues with the progress of life......

Does hearing loss caused by meningitis continues with the progress of life......

Sometimes: Recent studies suggest that the hearing loss associated with meningitis may progress or fluctuate for the short term before stabilizing - varying between 3 months and 4 years. Beyond this, one can attribute any additional gradual hearing loss to what one would expect as one ages. Hearing acuity will diminish for everyone was we "mature.". ...Read more

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Why can spinal meningitis cause hearing loss?

Why can spinal meningitis cause hearing loss?

Cochlea damage: Sensorineural hearing loss develops during the earliest stages of meningitis. Permanent deafness is rare but 10% of patients have rapidly reversible cochlear dysfunction. This may progress to permanent deafness if not treated promptly. The cochlea is identified as the site of the lesion in both the permanent sensorineural and reversible impairments. ...Read more

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I thnk I hav after effects of bact meningitis like anxiety, OCD, memory prob & mainly confindence is low. Dis is creating prob in my life. Any solution?

I thnk I hav after effects of bact meningitis like anxiety, OCD, memory prob & mainly confindence is low. Dis is creating prob in my life. Any solution?

Psychiatry: Anxiety, OCD, memory problems, and agoraphobia are so common (much more common than meningitis) that I would think that other causes are at work. Unless you've had bacterial meningitis as an adult, I doubt the correlative diagnosis. In any case, help for anxiety, OCD, memory, and irrational fears / low confidence resides with a psychiatrist or a psychologist who can help find the cause of symptoms ...Read more

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Why is hearing loss more associated with pneumococcal meningitis than any other type of bacterial meningitis?

Why is hearing loss more associated with pneumococcal meningitis than any other type of bacterial meningitis?

Hearing loss was: More commonly seen as a sequela of meningitis caused by the bacterium haemophilus influenzae before the hib vaccine was developed. ...Read more

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How likely is it that chronic sinusitis results in serious complications such as vision loss, meningitis, aneurysm/blood clot?

How likely is it that chronic sinusitis results in serious complications such as vision loss, meningitis, aneurysm/blood clot?

Pretty rare, BUT: Lots of folks have chronic sinus problems, but most of the time, localized misery over nasal areas, and occasional postnasal drip with secondary coughing. If an acute infection supervened and was not treated, this could eventuate in secondary complications such as cavernous sinus thrombosis, but such complications are very rare. Suggest you see otolaryngologist to assess treatment. ...Read more

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I had viral meningitis as a baby and was diagnosed with hyper sensitive hearing as a young child. Doesn't Meningitis cause hearing loss?

I had viral meningitis as a baby and was diagnosed with hyper sensitive hearing as a young child. Doesn't Meningitis cause hearing loss?

Meningitis: Yes, bacterial meningitis is the most common cause of deafness in children. Viral meningitis usually has no long term effects, except certain viruses such as for example mumps that can cause meningitis/encephalitis and deafness ...Read more

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I had viral meningitis a few years ago and it left me with a scar on the memory part of my brain. Can the scar on my brain cause scap itching?

I had viral meningitis a few years ago and it left me with a scar on the memory part of my brain. Can the scar on my brain cause scap itching?

No, NOPE, & NO WAY: Very few times I can ever give someone a 100% ironclad guarantee on an answer but this is one of them. NO--That means you'll have to look for other reasons as to why your scalp itches.

If you ever wish to talk about the memory part of your brain that may have been affected by this bout of viral meningitis then, feel free to write me your questions on my webpage at:

www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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4 mnths post TB meningitis 21 yr old frnd recovered gud bt still HS poor memory some stiffness & missing periods for last 4 months, will she get fine?

4 mnths post TB meningitis 21 yr old frnd recovered gud bt still HS poor memory some stiffness & missing periods for last 4 months, will she get fine?

Post Meningitis: I would suggest she consult her physician for a physical check-up. If memory problems persist a neuropsychological evaluation may help pinpoint problem areas. Neurocognitive retraining may help her memory. ...Read more

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Joint pain headaches always tired loss of appetite what's wrong with me? My mom wants to get me tested for meningitis is this a possibility?

Joint pain headaches always tired loss of appetite what's wrong with me? My mom wants to get me tested for meningitis is this a possibility?

Very unlikely: Only rare causes of meningitis cause the milder symptoms you have. Vast majority of cases cause severe headache and fever (the kind of headache that sends you to the ER). There is usually vomiting. There are many things that could cause your symptoms, and many causes are not serious. See a doctor for an evaluation, but a spinal tap is very unlikely. ...Read more

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I am 4 weeks out from pneumococcal strep meningitis. It caused a stroke in my cerebellum and hearing loss in my right ear. Looking for suppliment?

I am 4 weeks out from pneumococcal strep meningitis. It caused a stroke in my cerebellum and hearing loss in my right ear. Looking for suppliment?

Faster recovery: I would recommend to see someone skilled to optimize your recovery. If your primary care does not help, look for functional medicine practitioner in your area. Good luck and speedy recovery. Homeopathy might be also of help. ...Read more

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F 43. Recovered from meningitis, but after antibiotics- hair loss. Still losing 6mos. Thyroid/all bloodwork ok. Derm said biotin forte. Worth a try?

F 43. Recovered from meningitis, but after antibiotics- hair loss. Still losing 6mos. Thyroid/all bloodwork ok. Derm said biotin forte. Worth a try?

Waste of money.: Telogen effluvium subsequent to severe infection may persist for many months. Not always, but commonly, the hair will recover in time. Sometimes a large shedding of loose hairs signifies the growth of new hairs pushing out old, resting hairs. Do you take any meds or supplements now? Do you have normal menses? At 43 you may be getting androgenetic alopecia. Minoxidil, spironolactone, & dutasteride ...Read more

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Do you give a 7 year old a meningitis shot in the u.S.?

Do you give a 7 year old a meningitis shot in the u.S.?

See below: Current recommendation is for the first Menactra vaccine at 11 years of age and a booster at 16 years of age. ...Read more

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What will help treat meningitis?

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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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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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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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 you get exposed to meningitis?

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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Is it possible to get meningitis from your dog?

Is it possible to get meningitis from your dog?

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 more

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How can they know for sure if it is meningitis?

CSF: The best way is to get a sample of the fluid in your spine (via a needle in the back) and to send it out for analysis. Neurologists, anesthesiologists, or radiologists can do this procedure, although any doctor can order it. ...Read more

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What are the most common ways to get meningitis?

AIRBORNE BY SECRETIO: There are three kind of meningitis 1viral2bacterial3fungal
most common are viral which are transmitted by direct airborne change of secretions by coughing and sneezing
bacterial can be contacted by skull fractures, acute or chronic sinusitis or otitis media.It can also occur with septicemia with positive blood cultures
in immune compromised patiens cryptococcus which is funfus rare mengitis. ...Read more

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How can you check to see if you have meningitis?

Meningitis: If you have symptoms such has headache, fever, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, the doctor will suspect that you may have meningitis and may order a ct scan of your head then perform a spinal tap to obtain a sample of spinal fluid then send it the lab to look for bacteria, elavated white blood cell, elevated protein, abnormal glucose level, increase pressure etc... ...Read more

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What are the complications associated with meningitis?

Depends!: Mild viral meningitis may be a short illness, bacterial meningitis is fatal in a few days if untreated we also have fungal and tuberculous forms the complications depend on the age of the patient, the severity of the illness and the speed of diagnosis and treatment mild to severe neurological deficits can occur. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of meningitis in young children?

What age?: This will differ according to the age of the child. Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities. In preverbal children there may be listlessness, failure to feed, difficult in arousal, irritability, and other non-specific manifestations. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys? " or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child? " There also can be catastrophic memory loss such as ...Read more


Dr. Paul Gilson
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Amnesia (Definition)

Amnesia is forgetfulness, which can be ...Read more


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