A clients son suffered from a very serious case of Meningitis.
The child was always suffering from fever, had a headache or was unable to eat anything because of recurring vomiting. It was my friends’ ignorance at an early stage that led to such a condition of her child. It is very important to identify the disease at an early stage through signs and symptoms because an ignored case of meningitis may even lead to death.
The early symptoms of the disease include:
- Neck stiffness
- Altered consciousness
- Inability to tolerate loud noises
- Marks on the body
There are five main causes of the disease:
- Bacterial:The types of bacteria that cause meningitis differ in different age groups. Infants, children under the age of five, children above the age of five, adults, and adults above the age of fifty may suffer from meningitis caused by different types of bacteria.
- Viral:A number of viruses including enteroviruses, herpes simplex virus etc may cause this disease.
- Fungal:Fungal Meningitis occurs with reduced immunity. This is more common in old people who lose their immunity with the passage of time.
- Parasitic:This is caused by the predominance of eosinophils in the CSF.
- Non-infectious:Meningitis may also be caused by some non-infectious causes.
A person can be diagnosed with Meningitis through 2 different ways:
- Blood Tests and Imaging:A person can be diagnosed with Meningitis by conducting a simple blood test.
- Lumbar Puncture:Another way of diagnosing the disease is Lumbar Puncture. In this method, local anesthesia is applied to a person, usually lying on a side, and a needle is inserted in a sac around the spinal cord to collect cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). It is through the testing of this CSF it is determined whether the person is suffering from Meningitis or not.
Even after the death of a person, one can determine if he is suffering from Meningitis or not through a post-mortem.
Prevention and Treatment:
There are three different ways which ensure the prevention or treatment of Meningitis.
- Behavioral:Meningitis tends to be contagious and be spread through sneezing or coughing on someone. The droplets upon entering the respiratory system of the receptor start spreading the bacterial or viral Meningitis. It does not spread by breathing in the same air with the infected person.
- Vaccination:Vaccination against the disease may save a lot of people from it. Childhood vaccination is said to be the most effective method of saving a person from the disease but cases have been reported of adults suffering from the disease who had been immunized. Search for a better vaccine is in the process.
- Antibiotics:Medicines and antibiotics also help in curing the disease. But, it is better to take the preventive cares than to go for a treatment.
My client who was already late in seeking medical advice for her child rushed to a nearby hospital but they failed to give the needed medical attention to her child.
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