Meningitis - Symptom And Treatment of Bacterial Meningitis
Meningitis is a severe inflammation of ~e meninges or inner lining of the brain and spinal cord. This may result from invasion of bacteria or virus into meninges. The infection usually spreads from the base of the brain up over the surface and down the spinal cord. It appears to reach the inside from the throat and nose via the bloodstream. It is perhaps the most serious of all the acute diseases of childhood.
Epidemic meningitis sometimes occurs in densely populate areas during the cold season. It is also known as spotted fever, as rashes appear in meningo coccas meningitis upon the face and body.
Meningitis Symptoms - Information on Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis.
In most children who develop meningitis, the source of infection is from throat, nose, ear or lungs. But if they are subjected to damp cold and overcrowded atmosphere, the organism is liable to pass into the blood stream. The incubation period is short, ranging between one and five days, and the onset is sudden. Children with this disease usually have a high fever and they may go. into convulsions. They have severe headache and pain and.stiffness in the neck and back. The child tends to lie in a curled position with the knees drawn up towards the chin and the eyes turned away from light. He becomes drowsy and confused and may become unconscious. There may also be a skin rash and an obstinate constipation. Vomiting is common in meningitis.
Information on the Causes of Bacterial Meningitis - Causes of Meningitis.
Meningitis usually follows an attack of otitis media (middle ear disease), or mastoiditis (infection of bone projecting behind the ear), or brain abscesses or even tonsillitis. Any skull fracture or penetrating head injury may also result in meningitis. Some times, tuberculosis may spread to the brain and cause the disease. In case of epidemic meningitis, the germs are apparently spread by persons who have a mild sore throat or cold.
Treatment For Bacterial Meningitis.
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