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Emotional changes Going through this disease is traumatic and everyone will respond differently. It is common for people to experience a range of feelings, like anger, depression, isolation, anxiety, low self-esteem, aggression, mood swings and a difficulty in expressing emotions.
How does meningitis impact a persons life?
Untreated, meningitis can lead to coma. Poor coordination, dizziness, and clumsiness may remain for some time after a bout with meningitis. Children may have emotional problems following the illness, including clinginess, moodiness, and sleep disturbances.
How does meningitis affect intellectual development?
Survivors of bacterial meningitis had an approximately 5 point reduction in IQ compared with healthy controls, a deficit that was similar across all organisms and equivalent to a 0.33 SD reduction in IQ. Survivors of bacterial meningitis were 5-fold more likely to have intellectual impairment (IQ<70) than controls.
Can meningitis affect you later in life?
Bacterial meningitis in childhood is associated with cognitive deficiencies, sensorimotor impairments and motor dysfunction later in life.
What is the main cause of meningitis?
Viral infections are the most common cause of meningitis, followed by bacterial infections and, rarely, fungal and parasitic infections.
Can viral meningitis damage brain?
Bacteria or a virus can cause meningitis. Viral meningitis is more common, but bacterial meningitis is more serious. It can lead to brain damage, paralysis, or stroke. In some cases, it can be fatal.
What organs are affected by meningitis?
Meningitis is an infection of the membranes (meninges) that protect the spinal cord and brain. When the membranes become infected, they swell and press on the spinal cord or brain.
How long can you have meningitis without knowing?
Symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear just a few hours, though in some cases may appear 1 to 2 days afterwards. Because of this, it is vital to seek treatment immediately if symptoms appear.
What are the two types of meningitis?
Types of meningitis
- Viral meningitis. Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis.
- Bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is contagious and caused by infection from certain bacteria.
- Fungal meningitis. Fungal meningitis is a rare type of meningitis.
- Parasitic meningitis.
- Non-infectious meningitis.
How do u catch meningitis?
The viruses and bacteria that cause meningitis can be spread through: sneezing. coughing. kissing.
How can meningitis be prevented?
A vaccine can help prevent infection. Even if vaccinated, anybody who has been in close contact with a person with meningococcal meningitis should receive an oral antibiotic to prevent the disease.
How long does it take to fully recover from viral meningitis?
Most people who get mild viral meningitis usually recover completely in 7 to 10 days without treatment. Antiviral medicine may help people with meningitis caused by viruses such as herpesvirus and influenza.