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What Does Bacterial Meningitis Feel Like
If someone has bacterial meningitis they'll be really sick right? Like, there's no way they'll not know they have an illness?
Some types: Meningococcal meningitis can be highly contagious, especially in close quarters, e.g. College dorms, military recruits. Vaccinations recommended, before exposure, contacts get prophylactic antibiotic rx. Others may or not be, depending on the type and how the meningitis was contracted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most are initially treated with several different antibiotics at high doses until lab data shows which med would do the best job acting alone. Early diagnosis & treatment permit the best outcome. There is a risk of complications in all which very with the type of germ & speed of detection and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Bacterial meningitis is usually severe. While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities.
There are several pathogens (types of germs) that can cause bacterial meningitis. Some of the leading causes of bacterial meningitis in the United States include haemophilus influenzae (most often caused by type b, hib). ...Read more
Spinal fluid culture: To diagnose bacterial meningitis, typically, a spinal tap is done to remove a small amount of cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain. The fluid is tested for the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, protien, and glucose. Then the fluid is cultured for bacteria which can take up to 3 to 4 days for results. It may also be cultured for viruses and that can take 7 day. ...Read more
Exposure/susceptable: It's puzzeling but some people can cary meningitis germs in their nose or throat & never get ill. We can get exposed to droplets in a sneeze, cough, kiss or mucous planted on a door handle. Touching our face with unwashed fingers carries germs that gain entrance to our nose/mouth/eye & if susceptabe, the germ begins to invade. We have cut the #'s of kid cases with vaccines & many adults could benifit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Bacterial Meningitis: Inflammation accounts for some symptoms of bacterial meningitis such as headache, sensitivity to light, and neck stiffness. Common symptoms of bacterial meningitis include difficulty thinking clearly, fever greater than 101*f, generalized aches and pains, irritability, loss of appetite, lethargy, rash, rapid heart beat, and seizure. ...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
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