Signs & Symptoms of Meningitis That Should Never Be Ignored

Signs & Symptoms of Meningitis That Should Never Be Ignored

When we become sick, it is easy to mistaken
our symptoms with the flu. Take meningitis for example, it causes stiffness,
headaches and a high fever. These symptoms are all very similar to flu-like
symptoms. So while to the average person this may seem
like a cold or fly, it actually isn’t. due to that assumption, it may not get treated
with the proper care. Typically, meningitis is triggered by a bacterial
or viral fungal infection, and if left untreated can become life threatening if the proper
antibiotics are not taken. With that said, if you suspect that you or
someone you know is suffering from meningitis, there will be certain symptoms and signs that
will be evident. Before we begin this video, don’t forget to
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of meningitis that every parent should know about. 8. Stiffness: Most people suffering from meningitis
will experience stiffness in the neck and back because the inflammation spurs from the
membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. It’s the constant swelling that causes the
discomfort, and if you begin to experience a sudden fever or headache to go along with
that pain, you may have meningitis. If you are suffering from a cold, this could
develop into what is called viral meningitis. This type of meningitis is not harmful or
potentially harmful to your health or others. But if you also have an unexplained stiffness
in your neck, you should go see a doctor just in case. Stiffness can occur for a number of reasons
– for example, you may sleep on it wrong or you may have held it in an uncomfortable position
while watching tv or laying down. If you have ruled out any possible explanations
for your muscle stiffness, see if you have any of the other symptoms mentioned in this
video. 7. Fever: Similar to the flu, the onset of a
sudden fever will occur with meningitis as it enters the body, the immune system reacts
by increasing the body temperature. If you have developed meningitis, you will
experience a fever between 3-7 days. Unfortunately this symptom is not the most
common symptom to look out for. According to the American College of Emergency
Physicians, only 44% of patients that have this infection will show this sign. This can make self-diagnosing extremely difficult,
so if your fever doesn’t subside, just keep an eye out for other symptoms. Do you know what doctors recommend people
do to prevent meningitis? Well, keep watching til the very end to find
out! 6. Headache: Another telltale sign of meningitis
is a severe headache that will not go away. This is due to the inflammation and swelling
in the membranes that are surrounding your neck and spinal cord. Headaches are considered one of the most common
symptoms of meningitis. It is important to identify what type of headache
you have. Typically if you have meningitis, the headache
you will experience is not the same as a normal headache. It will not subside unless proper meningitis
medication is taken. The headache will likely feel all consuming,
and you probably won’t be able to function because of the pain. If you are prone to headaches and are not
sure if the headache you are having is caused by meningitis, keep a lookout for any other
sudden changes in your health that may signify you are sick. 5. Confusion: When your brain experiences severe
swelling, it can hinder your ability to function. So if you are suffering from meningitis, your
brain will swell and you may experience confusion, inability to focus, memory loss, insomnia,
dizziness, and difficulties waking up. When you are experiencing confusion, it can
present itself in many different ways. For instance, you may have trouble discerning
what is a dream and what is real, your memories may not be clear or you may completely forget
certain milestones. If you are having trouble remembering certain
things, or just feel like lately your brain has been extremely foggy, you may have meningitis. 4. Sensitivity to Light: Meningitis can cause
severe light sensitivity, which squinting, blurry vision and difficulty with vision will
occur under bright lights or the sun. As a result, you may start to experience a
headache because of this. The reason your vision becomes blurry when
suffering from meningitis is because the optic nerve begins to swell. In most cases the swelling will go down and
your normal vision will be restored. However, in severe cases of meningitis, partial
or full blindness can occur in both eyes with no chance at reversal. 3. Nausea: If you suffer from meningitis, vomiting
and nausea will occur at the early stages. As the infection makes its way through the
body, it will upset the stomach and cause vomiting. Often people will lose their appetite as well. Depending on the severity of the infection,
extreme weight loss can occur as well. Those who already have a weakened immune system
prior to meningitis are more susceptible to catching the infection. The symptoms they experience may also be much
worse because of the body’s inability to fight off the infection. 2. Rash: Often times babies and toddlers who
experience meningitis will often develop a rash. The rashes appear from the bacteria multiplying
in the bloodstream, which release poisons that begin to damage the blood vessels, resulting
in a rash. The best way to test if your rash is just
an irritated infection or a cause of meningitis is the glass test. Take a glass and press it up against an area
where the rash is. If the marks stay the same – that you can
see them clearly through the glass, go see a doctor. But if the marks fade with the pressure of
the glass, it’s just an irritated rash. 1. Loss of Appetite: Because of the nausea and
constant vomiting, meningitis can affect the digestive system in a big way. You may lose your appetite or even avoid eating
all together because you fear you might vomit it all up. This could lead to unhealthy weight loss which
can lead to even more health problems. As tough as it may seem, you need to try and
consume food when dealing with meningitis. The more nutrients you put into your body,
the stronger your immune system will become so it can fight off the infection. In severe cases, people will get admitted
to the hospital so they can be put on an intravenous so the patient can stay hydrated. If you notice that you have lost your appetitive
or just don’t want to eat because you feel nauseous when you do it, it’s a major warning
sign that you may have meningitis. If you have lost your appetite and notice
that you are starting to lose weight, it may be time to go to a doctor or the emergency
room – especially if you are exhibiting some of the other symptoms mentioned in this video. Now that you know what signs to look for that
you may have meningitis, here are some ways you can avoid meningitis by living a healthy
lifestyle. Get vaccinated: did you know that there is
a vaccine for meningitis? According to Everyday Health, one of the most
effective ways to prevent meningitis is to get vaccinated. There are currently two vaccines for meningitis
available in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
recommends that people get vaccinated for meningitis at 11 or 12 years old. They also recommend that teens receive a booster
shot for it between the ages of 16 and 18 years old. So, whether you are afraid of needles or not,
make sure you get the vaccine if you want to avoid contracting meningitis! Don’t share your personal items: You can catch
meningitis when you come into contact with respiratory or throat secretions from someone
who has meningitis. So don’t share personal items with people
unless you want to risk getting sick. This includes sharing personal items or kissing. So avoid sharing drinking glasses, straws,
water bottles, lipstick, cigarettes, soda cans, and more. Wash your hands. Viruses and bacteria that cause meningitis
can easily get on your hands and travel from your hands to your mouth. Reduce your chances of getting meningitis
by washing your hands frequently, especially after being in a crowded place, coughing or
blowing your nose, in a bathroom, and more. Boost your immune system: keep your immune
system strong by eating healthy foods like fruits, whole grains, vegetables and lean
protein. Make sure you get regular exercise and take
good care of your health. This all can help boost your immune system
and keep you healthy, preventing infections and viruses that can cause meningitis. Living a healthy and active lifestyle which
includes a nutritious diet can do wonders in preventing sickness and keeping your immune
system healthy. So spruce up your diet and your exercise regimen,
and reap the rewards! Have you ever had meningitis? What are some symptoms that weren’t mentioned
in this video that someone has meningitis? Let us know in the comments section below!

14 Replies to “Signs & Symptoms of Meningitis That Should Never Be Ignored”

  1. Have you ever had meningitis? What are some symptoms that weren't mentioned in this video that someone has meningitis? If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like and share it with your friends! 🙂

  2. I dont only not eat because I always feel sick I just dont like eating alot of the times cuz nothing tastes good anymore

  3. 6.23.19 – 7.2.19 I was hospitalized for meningitis! I had all of the symptoms..some symptoms more severe than others. & I already had a compromised immune system. Those headaches felt like death!!

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