Meningitis is a serious condition that affects the brain and spinal cord.

In this video, we’ll break down the basics of meningitis in an easy-to-understand way.

What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is an infection and inflammation of the fluid and membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

Causes of Meningitis:
The most common causes of meningitis are viral and bacterial infections.

Key Facts:
Meningitis can be a devastating. It’s important to act fast if you experience symptoms. Some types of meningitis are contagious, can spread through coughing, sneezing, or close contact.

Types of Meningitis:
Meningitis can be viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic, non-infectious, or chronic. While viral meningitis is more common, bacterial meningitis can be more dangerous if not treated promptly.

Vaccine:
Yes, there is a vaccine for several types of bacterial meningitis. It’s recommended for children aged 11 to 12, with a booster dose at 16 years old.

Symptoms of Meningitis:
Headaches, fever, stiff neck, seizures, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and respiratory issues.

Treatment:
Bacterial meningitis requires immediate hospitalization. It’s treated with intravenous antibiotics and steroids. Fungal meningitis is treated with antifungal medications. Parasitic meningitis may improve without antibiotics. Viral meningitis can resolve on its own, but some cases require intravenous antiviral treatment.

Prevention:

  1. Vaccines provide the best protection against common bacterial meningitis.
  2. Regular handwashing helps prevent germ spread.
  3. Practice good hygiene – avoid sharing drinks, food, straws, utensils, lip balms, or toothbrushes.
  4. Maintain your health with adequate rest, exercise, and a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  5. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Outlook:
Meningitis is a medical emergency and can be fatal within 24 hours. It’s not safe to treat at home.
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