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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
26 Doctors shared insights

Tick Borne Encephalitis (Overview)

The human body is pretty well protected. We can block disease agents by protective defenses in the nose, mouth, lungs, skin, gut. However, certain agents can get injected into us by insects. Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are the more common carriers of disease agents that get injected. Once the agent gets into our blood stream it can go directly to the brain causing encephalitis.


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I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

Sorry to hear that: Unfortunately, encephalitis contracted from any source (ticks, mosquitos, etc.) can result in neurological dysfunction. If you were treated for the appropriate tick illness, there should not be any remaining infective agent, but it is possible that your immune system may be slightly disrupted. See you doctor for a reevaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
26 Doctors shared insights

Tick Borne Encephalitis (Overview)

The human body is pretty well protected. We can block disease agents by protective defenses in the nose, mouth, lungs, skin, gut. However, certain agents can get injected into us by insects. Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are the more common carriers of disease agents that get injected. Once the agent gets into our blood stream it can go directly to the brain causing encephalitis.


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What is the treatment for tick borne encephalitis?

What is the treatment for tick borne encephalitis?

Tick Born Enceph.: Tick borne encepalitis (tbe) is treated supportively. There is no definitiive treatment.
Care may include hospitalization, supportive nutritional care, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids in select cases. ...Read more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
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Tell doctor about neurological changes
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Get EEG if you have lapses
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Follow doctor's advice
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Is there a cure for tick borne encephalitis?

Yes- yourself: There is no specific drug to treat tbe. It depends on the effectiveness your immune system ito clear the virus infection. Hospitalization and supportive care may be needed, based on the severity of the infection. Anti-inflammatory drugs, intubation and ventilatory support maybe used in specific situations. ...Read more

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What is tick borne encephalitis (tbe)?  

What is tick borne encephalitis (tbe)?  

Virus from tick bite: Tick-borne encephalitis (tbe) is inflammation of the brain, caused by one of several viruses that are transmitted by tick bites. A tbe vaccine is available in canada and some european countries, but not yet in the U.S.. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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What are the symptoms of tick-borne encephalitis?

Brain inflammation: Symptoms may include headache, altered ability to concentrate and focus, acute fatigue and a picture consistent with chronic fatigue and altered mental status. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tick borne encephalitis?

Disease carrier: The human body is pretty well protected. We can block disease agents by protective defenses in the nose, mouth, lungs, skin, gut. However, certain agents can get injected into us by insects. Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are the more common carriers of disease agents that get injected. Once the agent gets into our blood stream it can go directly to the brain causing encephalitis. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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How possible are teenagers to get really sick with tick-borne encephalitis?

How possible are teenagers to get really sick with tick-borne encephalitis?

Just as possible: As adults who contract the disease. Only a small portion of infected individuals become ill and of those only 20 percent go on to the second more severe phase of the disease. Tick born encephalitis is caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. There is now a vaccine. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for tick borne encephalitis?

Yes- yourself: There is no specific drug to treat tbe. It depends on the effectiveness your immune system ito clear the virus infection. Hospitalization and supportive care may be needed, based on the severity of the infection. Anti-inflammatory drugs, intubation and ventilatory support maybe used in specific situations. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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Do you think I'll need a tick borne encephalitis jab if I am going to go to Europe?

Do you think I'll need a tick borne encephalitis jab if I am going to go to Europe?

Not available in US: If you'll be living & working in a high-risk area for a year or more, you may want to get the 3-dose series of vaccines over 6 months that are required, if available. Otherwise, use precautions against tick bites. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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What is the treatment for tick borne encephalitis?

Tick Born Enceph.: Tick borne encepalitis (tbe) is treated supportively. There is no definitiive treatment.
Care may include hospitalization, supportive nutritional care, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids in select cases. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Help docs, is having only the first tick-borne encephalitis vaccine better than nothing at all?

Help docs, is having only the first tick-borne encephalitis vaccine better than nothing at all?

Vaccine: Yes, the vaccine will afford you a degree of protection, otherwise not available ...Read more

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I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

Sorry to hear that: Unfortunately, encephalitis contracted from any source (ticks, mosquitos, etc.) can result in neurological dysfunction. If you were treated for the appropriate tick illness, there should not be any remaining infective agent, but it is possible that your immune system may be slightly disrupted. See you doctor for a reevaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Amandeep Kaur
180 Doctors shared insights

Encephalitis (Definition)

The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
73 Doctors shared insights

Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more