23 Nov. 2022 – 9:00 p.m.
The meningitis It is a disease that can present a very serious picture, and in some cases be fatal. This occurs due to inflammation of the membranes that cover the structures of the central nervous system, such as the brain and spinal cord, called meninges.
As explained by MedlinePlus, if not treated in time, this disease can cause brain damage, seizures, fluid accumulation between the skull and the brain, hearing loss, hydrocephalus or death.
Older people, who are exposed to certain diseases or bacteria, are at greater risk of contracting this disease.
It is that there are different types of meningitis, classified according to what causes them, which can be bacteria, meningococcus or Haemophilus influenzae b; they would also be viral, due to pathogens such as the enterovirus, the herpes virus and the measles virus.
One way to prevent meningitis is with the timely application of vaccines formulated to prevent the spread of some of these organisms.
What are the symptoms?
There is a variety of symptoms that depend on the type of meningitis in question, as well as the characteristics of each affected patient, such as the person’s age.
According to the Kids Health site, the symptom picture can start suddenly or the manifestations appear a few days after having a cold.
From the specialized portal they list as some of the most common symptoms of meningitis:
- Lack of energy.
- Light sensitivity.
- Neck stiffness.
- Skin rash.
Regardless of the type in question, it is important to see a specialist as soon as possible in order to carry out the necessary tests to confirm a diagnosis.
In this way, treatment can also be started, usually in a hospital in order to be able to administer antibiotics (if necessary) or drugs that allow the discomfort to be controlled.
This article is designed to inform and is not intended to provide medical advice or solutions. Always ask your doctor or specialist if you have questions about your health or before starting treatment.
All about Health