- Meningitis is typically triggered by a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. If it goes untreated, it can become life threatening.
- Some of the most common symptoms are fever, stiff neck, headache, confusion, seizures, fatigue, rash, and light sensitivity.
- The cause of each type of meningitis is slightly different. However, they each enter the body and develop into an advanced infection.
- To prevent meningitis, wash hands regularly, follow safe personal hygiene practices, and steer clear of sick people.
It’s easy to mistake the early signs and symptoms of meningitis with the flu. They both cause the same achy stiffness, a pounding headache, and high fever. However, meningitis is much different than the average case of the flu. This is a condition that causes inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord, which means it’s much more serious.
Meningitis is typically triggered by a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. If it goes untreated, it can become life threatening. This is why it’s so important to get informed on the signs and symptoms, as well as the causes, treatment options and some prevention tips. Let’s take a look…
Stiffness of the neck and back occur because meningitis spurs the inflammation of the membranes (or meninges) that encase the brain and spinal cord. It’s this swelling that causes the discomfort and stiffness. Anyone who experiences a sudden fever and headache along with a stiff neck, could have a form of meningitis. Seek treatment and testing to confirm or rule out the cause.
Viral meningitis is often brought on by an enterovirus. Many types of enteroviruses have mild cold and flu-like symptoms, and some of these viruses have been known to cause viral meningitis. If this is the case, it’ll cause a stiff neck. But this form of meningitis isn’t usually as harmful as others. If you have an unexplained stiff neck and some other symptoms, see your doctor. There are several types of meningitis, each ranging in severity (mild to potentially fatal). You can endure severe complications if it goes unchecked and untreated.