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What is Meningitis by Karla Posos

By at December 21, 2012 | 2:27 pm | Print

The first few questions that are probably popping into your head right now are, ‘What is meningitis? Do I have meningitis? How do I treat it? How did I get this? Am I going to die!?’ Well you’re in luck, because it turns out that I will, hopefully, be able to answer all your questions.

To begin with, meningitis is a disease that is caused by your protective membranes, covering your brain and spinal cord, to become inflamed.  These protective membranes are known as meninges, hence the name, meningitis.  Now, this inflammation is due to the fact that the fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord has become infected.

Meningitis can be developed because of bacteria, viruses, drugs, cancer, or even a physical injury.  One form of meningitis is caused by a virus entering your body from your nose or mouth and then traveling straight to your brain, called Viral Meningitis.  Another form of meningitis, is a more rare kind, but is also deadly, and that form is termed Bacterial Meningitis.  This type of meningitis causes symptoms related to a cold, which is why most people mistaken this kind of meningitis with a cold.  However, this type of meningitis, other than causes ‘cold-like’ symptoms, it also blocks blood vessels to the brain which could then lead to a stroke or brain damage.  You should always remain alert and informed!

To stay alert, you should familiarize yourself with the symptoms of meningitis, and once you do you will be able to know the difference between a simple cold versus meningitis.  A persistent fever, severe headache, and stiffness in your neck are the three main symptoms you should keep an eye out for.  Other symptoms may include:

  • Persistent headache
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Sensitivity to bright lights
  • Little to no appetite
  • Feeling confused or disorientated
  • Feeling pain when touching the chin to the neck

Other severe symptoms can lead to seizures and a coma, which is why you should become familiar with these symptoms and seek medical help when you think you may have caught meningitis.

Once you have discovered or even think you may have meningitis you must seek medical attention!  You can’t treat this disease on your own because you will need antibiotic injections from your doctor.  Your doctor may also want to treat you for, depending on how early or late it has been detected, the damage this disease could have caused elsewhere in your body.  For example, your doctor could also have you treated for brain swelling or dehydration.  Your treatment will also consist of hours of bed rest and plenty of fluids.

To help prevent this, you must make sure to always wash your hands to help rid yourself of those infectious germs.  You will also want to cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing to help others avoid catching one of your germs.  You must also try to avoid sharing food during the flu seasons, or any season in this case, however, sharing food is very common; just be sure to share food with those closest to you.  Eating healthy and staying healthy can also help decrease your chances of catching meningitis because you are allowing your immune system to build and stay strong.

Now that you are well informed of meningitis, you are now able to answer your questions.  You now know what meningitis is, you know how it is treated, how you could have possibly caught this, and whether or not you are going to die, is entirely up to you!  Remember, you don’t want to wait too long, if you think you have meningitis, contact your doctor! The risks are not worth your life, waiting for your symptoms to get worse or better could cost you your life.

 

Resources:

 

MedLine Plus

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/meningitis.html

CDC-

http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html

WebMD

http://children.webmd.com/vaccines/meningitis-symptoms-warning-signs

http://children.webmd.com/vaccines/prevent-meningitis-tips-protect-your-teen

MayoClinic

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meningitis/DS00118/DSECTION=prevention

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meningitis/DS00118/DSECTION=preparing-for-your-appointment

Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology

Chapter 13 page 421

 

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  1. […] Meningitis is the medical term used to explain inflammation of the protective coverings surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The condition requires immediate evaluation and observation by a physician. If left untreated meningitis may result in hearing loss, neurological impairment, brain damage or death. Infants and children are most susceptible, followed by adolescents and young adults or adults with suppressed immune systems. As infants and children may not always be able to convey the severity of their sickness, it is paramount that parents and caregivers are educated on the symptoms of meningitis in order to ensure a positive prognosis for children presenting with the disease. […]

  2. […] Meningitis is the medical term used to explain inflammation of the protective coverings surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The condition requires immediate evaluation and observation by a physician. If left untreated meningitis may result in hearing loss, neurological impairment, brain damage or death. Infants and children are most susceptible, followed by adolescents and young adults or adults with suppressed immune systems. As infants and children may not always be able to convey the severity of their sickness, it is paramount that parents and caregivers are educated on the symptoms of meningitis in order to ensure a positive prognosis for children presenting with the disease. […]


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