Meningitis Symptoms

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Today we will be going over the life-threatening condition known as meningitis.

Meningitis SymptomsThe swelling many times identified with Meningitis triggers the early symptoms of fever, headache, and sore neck.

In many cases, the reason for meningitis stems from viral infections.

However, sometimes bacterial and fungal infections can cause meningitis. Depending upon the cause of the inflammation and the associated infection, meningitis conditions can be as simple as waiting a few days, or in some severe cases, can require immediate emergency care. People experiencing symptoms of meningitis are encouraged to see a doctor as soon as possible to safeguard against life threatening conditions.

Meningitis is fought off by antibacterial medication.

Early treatment of bacterial meningitis can prevent serious complications. I urge anyone experiencing the following symptoms to seek medical care immediately. Visit http://about.me/DrRaminRak for more info about my medical background.

  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache that isn’t easily confused with other types of headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting or nausea with headache
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Seizures
  • Sleepiness or difficulty waking up
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Lack of interest in drinking and eating
  • Skin rash in some cases, such as in meningococcal meningitis

Symptoms in newborn babies are presented differently.

Please be on the lookout for these symptoms of early meningitis. If your newborn baby diagnosed with meningitis, I recommend parents seek professional counseling simultaneously with the newborn’s treatment and recovery period. The inability to comfort the newborn mentally can be burdening to any parent.

Look for these early signs:

  • High fever
  • Constant crying
  • Excessive sleepiness or irritability
  • Inactivity or sluggishness
  • Poor feeding
  • A bulge in the soft spot on top of a baby’s head (fontanel)
  • Stiffness in a baby’s body and neck

Always seek medical care first before self-prescribing medications.

Any of the listed symptoms could be signs of many of other medical conditions.  A misdiagnosis could lead to life-threatening implications. Visit my website or Tumblr for more information.

 

Neurological Complications of Lyme Disease

Neurological Complications of Lyme Disease

Ramin Rak explains the Neurological complications of Lyme Disease.

As a highly skilled board certified neurosurgeon, Ramin Rak has treated a number of conditions involving both the spine and brain.

At Neurological Surgery, P.C., located on Long Island, he has come across a number of cases of Lyme disease. With the condition on the rise, it is important to know how lyme disease is contracted and the damaging effects it can have. More tips like these can be found on Ramin Rak’s twitter feed.

According to an article from Stony Brook Medicine, Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium, spirochete.

It is transmitted by deer ticks, which are found throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. A tick bite, though painless, can cause arthritic complications, as well as neurological and cardiac problems. The longer the tick is attached, the greater risk of Lyme disease transmission.

The symptoms and severity of Lyme disease can vary from person to person.

The most common symptom is a rash, which eventually grows into a bulls-eye shaped ring. Flu like symptoms are also possible, including headache, aching muscles, fatigue, chills, and fever. If treated properly, the complications may end there. Unfortunately, if the tick goes unnoticed, a persons first symptoms may be arthritic, neurological, or cardiac.

Arthritic complications due to Lyme disease include general achiness, pain, and swelling in the joints.

Neurological problems consist of meningitis, memory loss, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, bell’s palsy, and encephalitis. Most patients with flu like symptoms can be completely cured with antibiotics but those with arthritic or neurological symptoms require a more vigorous treatment.

Protect yourself from ticks by:

  • Applying tick repellants
  • Shampoo and shower after being in the woods
  • Keep long hair tucked away
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants
  • Check yourself occasionally
  • More tips on how to defend yourself against ticks can be found here.

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