Causes And Symptoms Of Meningitis

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Introduction/Background/History: Meningitis is caused by an inflammation surrounding your spinal cord and brain. The inflammation is usually caused by fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord. It mostly occurs in children, teens, and young adults. Meningitis also affects older adults who have a weaker immune system and people in general who have illnesses that leads to a weak immune system. This is a serious illness but most of the time if the symptoms are diagnosed properly and treated correctly you may make a speedy recovery. There are many different types of meningitis such as fungal, bacterial, viral, parasitic, and non-infectious. The most common types of meningitis are viral and bacterial meningitis. Viral meningitis is caused by viral infections in the layers of tissues that covers the meninges. The symptoms of viral meningitis usually are headaches, muscle aches, stiff neck, and the general feeling of being sick. Bacterial meningitis is caused by bacteria in the environment that enters the bloodstream and eventually travels to the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis includes high fever, headaches, confusion, increased drowsiness and stiffness in neck. If bacterial meningitis is serious and life threating you may have seizures and strokes.

Reading/Writing: Majority of the time meningitis is life threating if left untreated. So early treatment can help prevent serious problems including death. Vaccines can prevent some cases of bacterial…
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