A bacterial or viral infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord usually causes the swelling. This is an inflammation of the membranes which surround the brain and spinal cord. If bacteria gets in and causes meningitis, it can also affect the blood, quickly developing into a life-threatening illness unless treated promptly with disciplined care.
The longer someone goes without treatment, the greater their risk of potential death, infections in their blood, or other permanently severe complications. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year.
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Since meningitis surrounds the brain and nervous system, it is most common to look out for swelling from meningitis, as it typically triggers signs and symptoms such as headache, fever, sensitivity to light, a stiff neck, and vomiting.
Also, you may want to closely monitor signs of confusion and difficulty concentrating. Any sleepiness or difficulty waking, especially, if appetite or thirst are void, make sure you see a provider right away.
Watch out for over fatigue, joint pains, rashes, and even seizures. If you know of anyone experiencing these symptoms, consult a physician right away.
There are different types of meningitis, and the treatment plans entailed for each type depend on the initial cause of how someone became ill with the infection in the first place. It is a very temperamental dis-ease in the body which has the potential to become deadly very quickly, so it's important to watch out for the symptoms ahead of time, as timing is not on your side.
Symptoms may not reveal themselves to be as obvious as anyone may initially anticipate, like a cold or the flu. When considering meningitis symptoms, we are speaking about blood poisoning and inflammatory swelling inside the body, even potentially sepsis over the membranes between the skull and brain. It is highly important to learn the different types of meningitis, as this could make all the difference in saving you time, if you are questioning whether to wait for a doctor or taking someone to the hospital as you save someone's life.
Note: Viral Meningitis, Bacterial Meningitis, Parasitic Meningitis, Fungal Meningitis, or NonInfectious Meningitis are five different strains which can develop in a person's body.
The treatment plans entailed for each case depends on the cause of how someone became ill with it in the first place. It is a very temperamental dis-ease in the body which can be brought in through a myriad of avenues.
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Daily practices show that washing your hands, keeping clean sheets, proper daily cleansing, there are a myriad of ways to maintain proper, healthy hygiene habits! This is key in fighting off any infections that may attempt to find a way in.
Often, it is in the daily environments where we create our routines which hold the most potential for our bodies to become ill. Exercise is another great way to keep your body moving, and to pump and circulate new blood flow throughout your body.
Medically, one alternative is to inquire with your provider regarding bacterial antibiotics and vaccinations specific to meningitis, depending on the cause of each person's case. As always, check with your doctor first, before assuming any treatment of care.
If you suspect yourself, your children, an employee, or anyone else has meningitis, it is imperative you take them to the hospital right away for inspection in the case they have a blood infection. This is important so that others do not catch the same infection, and most importantly, oftentimes, the person with the possible new illness, only has less than 24 hours to live and the clock is ticking for them to be seen by a provider and to obtain the proper treatments.
Bacterial Antibiotics are part of the healing process, and vaccinations for meningitis are also part of the plans for prevention. Support communities and groups can also play an important role.