Meningitis is a serious, scary and often fatal disease that takes victims by surprise in the most devastating way. There are several different ways to contract this disease and often getting treatment early saves lives. This disease involves inflamed meninges that cover the brain stem and spinal cord. It is also called Spinal Meningitis. Some of the symptoms of Meningitis include nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and disorientation. This is during the early stages when it’s the most important time to get to the doctor. If a person has been exposed to another person who has had Meningitis, they should go to the doctor for treatment as a precaution.
The illness can be caused by bacteria, viruses or infections, cancer, injuries and taking certain drugs. If not treated, Meningitis is generally fatal. Smaller children may not have the same symptoms as adults or be able to correctly describe them. People in schools or other places where there crowds of people are at an increased risk because of the number of people and the ease with which it spreads. Newborns are also at risk for Meningitis and public day cares are an especially easy place for the condition to spread.
Having an immune disorder is also a risk factor for Meningitis because of the decreased ability to kill bacteria. Those who have been sustained an injury to the face, may be exposed to bacteria from the nasal cavity which ends up causing Meningitis. For treatment, if found early enough, antibiotics generally will cure the disease. However, if not treated early enough, there may not be any treatment that will work. If a certain drug increases the risk of Meningitis, patients should thoroughly discuss it with their doctors.