You've probably heard of meningitis, a rare disease, but can be very serious, especially if it occurs in children. You know what is meningitis? Do you know why it occurs and what can be done to avoid it? These and other questions we will answer below in Makeufits, where he will discuss the symptoms of meningitis and how to avoid it occur.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is a disease where the membranes covering the brain (the meninges) become inflamed, resulting from a viral or bacterial. If the infection continues to develop to the brain, can cause serious changes in humans. This could lead to coma or even death, so it is important that hardly any symptoms like those of this disease see your doctor.
What are its causes?
As already mentioned, viruses and bacteria can produce, with a better prognosis viral cause. The meningococcal bacteria is the leading cause of meningitis in children and young people, being able to buy anywhere in the body, where it migrates to the nervous system.
Children are the ones most at risk of developing severe illness because their immune system does not have all the defenses and adults, so it is important to maintain preventive measures.
So, we know that is a serious disease that if a child seems to have it we have to run to the doctor, but how do we detect? How can we act in time? Consider the symptoms generated to detect in time and go quickly to an emergency center:
- General ill feeling
- Sudden high fever
- Severe headache and persistent
- Nausea or vomiting
- Discomfort with bright lights
- Drowsiness or difficulty waking
- Joint pain
All these symptoms resemble those of a severe flu (against which we should see a doctor), but we suspect other than meningitis if you have:
- Stiff neck
- Confusion or other mental changes
- Red or purple rash that does not turn white when you press with your finger
How can you prevent it?
There are vaccines to be given to children to avoid getting sick with meningitis, which has been achieved in large numbers decrease the number of cases of this disease and its severity. So everyone should be vaccinated as children to avoid suffering meningitis, and if you have symptoms should see a doctor immediately to establish a therapy in time.
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