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Meningitis doesn’t discriminate and it changes lives forever. We are building a community to provide support to those affected by meningitis both directly and indirectly. Please feel free to join others who would like to share how they have experienced how meningitis changed their lives as we bring together the community and provide resources and support in a positive light with hope and more as we become a resource for everyone.

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Meningitis

Meningitis 

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There are various types of meningitis and knowing which meningitis has been diagnosed will determine the course of treatment and whether the infection is contagious and a risk to others.

There are multiple different variants of meningitis such as the ones listed below.

Viral

Viral meningitis is the most common type of infectious meningitis in the United States. Viral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment. Viral meningitis is rarely fatal, but can be debilitating and have long term after effects. Some people only feel the symptoms for 7-10 days while others may have symptoms lasting for 3-4 months, which can lead to hospitalization and prolonged absence of school or work. Viral meningitis is most often caused by enteroviruses and generally are at their highest risk of transmission during the summer to fall seasons.

Enteroviruses are a group of viruses associated with several syndromes and diseases. Enterovirus exposure is extremely high but less than 1 out of 1,000 infections become viral meningitis. Not all people with enteroviruses develop meningitis. Neonates, infants, and adults are all at risk of contracting viral meningitis.

Viral meningitis is spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (examples: kissing, coughing, sneezing, sharing a cup, utensil, lip gloss, cigarettes, or vaping). Viral meningitis can also be contracted by coming in physical contact with another person’s bodily fluids who has meningitis, most likely through ingestion. Viral meningitis is also found in one’s stool. Herpes simplex and genital herpes can cause viral meningitis as well as chicken pox, rabies and HIV. The incubation period of viral meningitis may range from a few days to several weeks from the time of infection until the development of symptoms. Risk factors for development are exposure to someone with a recent viral infection or a suppressed immune system. Viral meningitis is often referred to as spinal meningitis, aseptic meningitis and sterile meningitis interchangeably.

Mollaret’s Meningitis is a form of viral meningitis that is recurring. Mollaret’s meningitis is considered rare. However, recent research and studies have categorized it has being more common than initially thought. Mollaret’s meningitis has the same characteristics as other forms of meningitis except they are recurring and often are accompanied with long-term irregularity of the nervous system. Mollaret’s meningitis has been suggested to be cause by the herpes simplex virus, HSV-2 and HSV-1.

After effects most likely to be caused by Meningitis
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty retaining information
  • Lack of concentration
  • Clumsiness
  • Coordination problems
  • Residual Headaches
  • Deafness
  • Hearing problems
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Learning difficulties (ranging from temporary learning deficiencies to long term mental impairment)
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Spasms of part of the body
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Speech problems
  • Loss of sight
  • Changes in sight
After effects most likely to be caused by Septicemia
  • Arthritis
  • Stiffness in joints
  • Scarring
  • Skin damage
  • Amputations
  • Kidney damage
  • Lung damage
Other emotional after-effects of both
  • Clinginess
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Moodiness or aggression
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Nightmares
  • Bedwetting
  • Changes in Character
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Fear of Doctors and Hospitals
  • Other behavioral and emotional problems