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What Are The Effects Of Meningitis
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial Meningitis: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually minor: -local reaction at injection site--tenderness and pain very temporary. -rare allergic reaction as possible with any vaccine or medicine with hives, wheezing, throat swelling. -potential guillain-barré syndrome: no clear association has been found w/ vaccine but extremely rare random cases noted with : neurological symptoms like muscle weakness, tingling, & numbing sensations. ...Read more
VACCINE: SIDE EFFECT: Meningococcal vaccine: current recommendation: 1st dose at 11 years and booster 5 years later. New recommendation is coming to start at two years or as early as 2 mo age in susceptible children, 2 to 4 doses. Side effects: like all other vaccines, some malaise, mild headache, low grade fever, localized redness lasting 1-2 days. ...Read more
Is there any therapy to improve the cognitive skills after having bacterial meningitis? The effects of meningitis is not much.
Menningitis ?: Unless menigitis causes a lot of swelling we usually don't see cognitive changes unless these is spread to the brain itself (encephalitis) the exceptions include brain injury form a sustained high fever or problems related to seizures. Your starting point is to discuss this with your neurologist. He might want to refer you to a cogntive specialist (eg, behavioral neurologist or neuropsychologist). ...Read more
Depends on variables: In the first weeks after suffering this infection there may be residual inflammation that produces some transient effects. However, any problem that persists a year after the process is likely permanent. Meningitis germs can destroy nerves and linkages leading to changes in function. It can sometimes lead to hearing loss and or other effects. ...Read more
If current: death.: Meningoccocal meningitis is a life threatening bacterial illness of the central nervous system lining called the meninges. I suspect your question is, if one has this disease as a young adult (most common age), and recovers, what are late term effects as an older adult. As far as i'm aware, if one has a full recovery after the acute event, there are not likely to be side effects later in life. ...Read more
Tincture of time: You will need time but you can also be proactive and work on "brain games".....Have you heard of www.Lumosity.Com? Lots of things you can do to sharpen your cognitive skills after any type of brain involvement from an infection, trauma, or even neurodegenerative disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spinal meningitis: Long term effects of spinal meningitis are related to how severe the infection was to the patient. A mild or even moderate infection can leave no long term effects. In the more severe and prolonged cases of meningitis the effects can be potentially severe. Early and aggressive antibiotic therapy is key to reducing long term effects. ...Read more
Local reaction: As with any immunization, you can have a local reaction at the injection site. This can cause it to be a little sore, there may be a small lump, and sometimes even a little redness. The muscle it was injected into may be a little sore for a day or two. Cool compress, gentle massage, very helpful in reducing symptoms. ...Read more
What are the treatments for chemical meningitis? How long do the effects of chemical meningitis last?
Meningitis: Chemical meningitis is generally a self limiting condition and requires a lot of supportive treatment which means monitoring neurological symptoms, level of consciousness, hydration etc. Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment available but most chemical meningitis resolve with time. Good luck. ...Read more
Can't the after effects of meningitis be reduced to some level, by use of medicines or any medical treatment?
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