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Is meningitis a dangerous disease?

Is meningitis a dangerous disease?

Depends on agent: Meningitis is defined as an inflamation (generally caused by infection) of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The agent may be bacterial (like strep/staph/meningococcus); viral, fungal or parocitic. Some viral cases are mild & resolve without special rx. Most bacterial are deadly if untreated & may damage even with rx. Fungal & paracitic causes are also deadly & often harder to rx. ...Read more

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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How is it that meningitis is dangerous to the brain?

How is it that meningitis is dangerous to the brain?

Happy germs: The damage caused by various germs will very with their aggressive nature. In short, they like the food/drink they find eating through your brain. Since there are no other germs around to compete with, they feed, reproduce and feed some more. Many types form puss pockets in and over the surface of the brain. At some point, they do enough damage to important structures & the untreated patient dies ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have pneumococcal meningitis?

How dangerous is it to have pneumococcal meningitis?

CAN BE TREATED/: Pnumocococcal meningitis if treated appropriately and early without delay has good prognosis with full recovery.70to80% get full recovery without any complications.
Rest have one or more of the following complications
brain damage
subdural effusion
hearing loss
seizures
hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Spinal meningitis my sister was diagnosed. Which kind is dangerous?

Spinal meningitis my sister was diagnosed. Which kind is dangerous?

Bacterial especially: All forms of bacterial meningitis are dangerous, some moreso than others. By contrast most cases of viral meningitis lead to rather benign, self-limiting disease. ...Read more

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How dangerous is the disease bacterial meningitis in a baby?

How dangerous is the disease bacterial meningitis in a baby?

Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating. It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents. The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started. ...Read more

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Meningitis 2 yrs ago, always worry of getting sick again. Was in classroom full of kids, not close to them. Can I get sick just by standing in there?

Meningitis 2 yrs ago, always worry of getting sick again. Was in classroom full of kids, not close to them. Can I get sick just by standing in there?

Germ transfer: We usually acquire germs is through random events. Some germs can be airborne in droplets (cough), but most come from saliva transferred to surfaces like doorknobs, desk tops, etc. Adults randomly touch their face/nose 6 or more times/hr which leads to transfer of germs from fingers to face or mouth. From there they enter & begin the exposure process. Better hand washing or sanitizers can help you ...Read more

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How is meningitis diagnosed?

How is meningitis diagnosed?

By LP: The only way to diagnose meningitis is by looking at cerebral spinal fluid collected by a lumbar puncture. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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What are meningitis symptoms?

What are meningitis symptoms?

Meningitis symptoms: Avoiding light due to the pain it causes.
Headaches
neck pain and stiffness
fever nausea vision changes
nausea
death - [its really really serious]. ...Read more

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How would manage meningitis?

How would manage meningitis?

Depends: It depends on the tyoe of meningitis. Some need antibiotics, some just pain relief and time. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of Meningitis?

What are symptoms of Meningitis?

Several: There are several usual features. Headache, fever, stiff neck, altered consciousness and possibly seizures. ...Read more

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What is the origin of meningitis?

What is the origin of meningitis?

Infection: It is infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord caused by bacteria or virus. ...Read more

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How to know if I have meningitis?

How to know if I have meningitis?

LP: When meningitis is suspected one needs to look at the spinal fluid. First get a ct of the head in most cases to exclude a mass lesion or abcess in the brain. Then a spinal tap is performed. The pressure of the fluid is checked as well as the fluid itself for excess proteine, low sugar, the presence of blood or excessive white blood cells and bacteria. Test / culture for fungi, bacteria ; viruses. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of meningitis?

What are the symptoms of meningitis?

The symptoms of Meningitis include:: Fever, Rapid heart beat, Decreased mental status, Stiff neck, Severe headache, Vomiting, Nausea, Pain caused by bright lights, Rash. ...Read more

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Are there hereditary forms of meningitis?

Not specificly: Heredity dose play a role in some forms of immune deficiency. Children with an inherited immune defects are more at risk for meningitis & other severe infections. Some may be more prone to specific germs than others. Some are less successful at fighting an infection if they occur. That said, meningitis is not passed like eye color or sickle cell. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of catching meningitis?

Slim: Unless you are exposed to someone that has meningitis. Depending on the type meningitis can be contagious. ...Read more

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I'm scared I have meningitis! Please please help me!?

I'm scared I have meningitis! Please please help me!?

Meningitis Symptoms: The most common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion, decreased consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light or loud noises. Children often exhibit only nonspecific symptoms, such as irritability and drowsiness. A rash may be present in some types of meningitis especially caused by Meningococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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I'm scared I might have meningitis. What do I need to do?

I'm scared I might have meningitis. What do I need to do?

See your doctor.: Definitive test is spinal tap and doctor will determine need. ...Read more

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Meningitis transmissibility? How transmissible is meningitis?

Meningitis transmissibility? How transmissible is meningitis?

Which kind?: The answer depends on what kind of meningitis you are referring to: bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis, viral meningitis, parasitic meningitis & non-infectious meningitis. I’ll provide info for viral meningitis. The virus is spread person to person (fecal, respiratory secretions). However, just because you become infected with the virus doesn’t mean that you will actually develop meningitis. ...Read more

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Is meningitis contagious?

Yes: Although some types are more contagious than others, the three most common types of bacterial meningitis all have vaccines available to reduce the risk. There are no vaccines for viral meningitis, but fortunately viral meningitis is typically less serious than bacterial. ...Read more

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Who needs the meningitis shot?

All Children: There are actually 3 meningitis vaccines. Two, Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) (pneumococcal) and hib (haemophilus), are typically given at 2, 4 and 6 months old, with a booster at 15 months old. The Meningococcal vaccine is given at 11 and 16 years old, but is also recommended for younger children if they are considered higher risk. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for meningitis?

Is there a cure for meningitis?

There is treatment: Inflammation of the lining of the brain is considered as meningitis. This inflammation can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, chemicals, etc. Once the condition is diagnosed and the agent identified, an appropriate treatment can get rid of the condition. Followup studies can then show that the condition was "cured". Some can recur or become chronic. ...Read more

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Is walking meningitis contagois?

Possibly: Although not entirely sure of what is meant by 'walking meniningitis', assuming that it is viral (or chronic tuberculous or fungal or cancer), the viral infection and TB and fungus can sometimes be transmitted person to person but may not cause meningitis. It would be usual, not to say that it is impossible. ...Read more

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Is malarial meningitis always fatal in adults?

Cerebral malaria: Yes. It is a very lethal infection with mortality as high upto 80% with best clinical setting. The key to save lives are avoiding mosquito bites, recognising the early signs and symptoms of malaria and initiating treatment at the earliest. Lastly, anticipating complications like cerebral malaria and treating aggressively. ...Read more

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What is hemophilic meningitis? What causes it?

What is hemophilic meningitis? What causes it?

Maybe: Hemophilus meningitis? It is a bacteria that children are immunized for making it less common. It still exists and important to treat is quickly. All the best. ...Read more

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What is the point of entry for neisseria meningitis?

NASOPAHARYNS: Nose and pharynx (space etwen maouth and back of the nose. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for meningitis?

Depends on cause: If viral, usually self limited and rather benign, but if bacterial, antibiotics are crucial, if fungal, anti fungal drugs, if tuberculous, specific drugs for tbc. However, cancer can be culprit for carcinomatous meningitis, so key to get diagnosis asap. ...Read more

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Is tuberculous meningitis contagious?

Is tuberculous meningitis contagious?

No: Tuberculosis in any other organ but the lung is not easily transmissible and not considered contagious. On the other hand, tuberculosis in the lungs is very contagious. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for meningitis?

What are the treatments for meningitis?

IV: IV antibiotics and acyclovir depending on your age. Sometimes JV steroids are used prior to antibiotics is certain types of meningitis. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What infectious agents cause meningitis?

Infection: Meningitis is caused by an bacterial or viral infections. Some meningitis infections are extremely serious, and may result in death or brain damage, even if treated. Other rare causes are chemical irritation, fungi and tumors. ...Read more