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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Meningitis Causes and Diagnosis

Several people have already passed away from Meningitis this year and it may well be, although I hope not, that more will follow. For those of you, who have no clue as to what this dangerous disease is all about here is some information on it.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes, which protect and cover the brain and spinal cord and are also called meninges, caused by an infection due to viruses or bacteria.

In and early stage, meningitis can cause falling blood pressure, increased heart rate, high or abnormally low temperature, and fast breathing.

In a later stage the symptoms can be severe headaches, a stiff neck, sudden high fever, vomiting, sensitivity to light and loud noises, confusion or altered mood, and/or a rash consisting of many small, irregular purple or red spots that appear on the trunk, lower extremities, and the palms of the hands or soles of the feet.

It can be difficult to determine meningitis in small children. They may not show most of the symptoms described above, but could just be irritable, drowsy, and not look too well. They may have light seizures, leg pain, an abnormal skin color, and have cold hands and feet.

Infants, people with a weak immune system, and those taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, intravenous immunoglobulin, or are already suffering from other inflammatory conditions, are more at risk of getting meningitis then others.

Don't take any chances with this disease, because it can be detrimental. When meningitis is suspected or if you are not sure, but have some of the symptoms associated with it then see a doctor immediately.

In case you are, one of your loved ones, or someone you know is suffering from it; we will be praying. It is a small thing to do, but makes all the difference!

Psalm 69:13
But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.


Blogger audrey` said...

Read about it in the papers. It's frightening. Take care, Lieve Zus (((HUGS)))

October 18, 2012 5:22 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

It is scary. More people have died from it since I posted this. May God have mercy and comfort those who suffered such great loss.

God's Grace.

October 19, 2012 6:12 AM  

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