Meningitis Treatment and Prevention

Meningitis Treatment and Prevention (Bacteria)

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Homeoprophylaxis For Meningitis Prevention and Treatment

Note: Breastfeeding during the first months appears to give an additional protection against meningococcal infections.

Quick Facts About Meningitis
  • In 2013, the CDC reported there were only about 550 total cases of meningococcal disease reported in the United States, which is an incidence rate of 0.18 cases per 100,000 persons.
  • Meningococcal disease, and particularly infection with meningitis B, is relatively rare.
  • This is not a disease that’s typically transmitted just by standing next to someone who has it.
  • Meningococcal bacteria cannot live outside the human body very long, so it’s not as easily transmitted as, say, a cold virus. Infection occurs via the exchange of saliva, such as sharing a toothbrush or kissing—not from standing next to someone in an elevator.
  • The invasive meningococcal infection can be deadly and is fatal in about 10 percent to 15 percent of cases.
  • In about 11 percent to 19 percent of cases, long-term or permanent health problems, including loss of limbs, deafness, nervous system problems or brain damage will result.

About Major Bacterial Types of Meningitis
The three main types of bacterial meningitis in the U.S. are:

  1. Meningococcal disease (Neisseria meningitidis)
    Meningococcal disease is expressed primarily as either meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, or meningococcemia, the presence of bacteria in the blood. Meningococcal disease is the most common type of bacterial meningitis today in U.S. children age 2-18. Bacteria that cause meningococcal disease are in the throats and nasal passages of approximately 10 percent of the general population.
  2. Pneumococcal Disease (Streptococcus pneumoniae)
    Like meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease can cause both meningitis and blood infection and it can be serious or fatal. Pneumococcal bacteria can also cause otitis media and other infections. Young children, older adults and those with certain health conditions are at greatest risk for pneumococcal disease.
  3. Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) Disease
    Hib disease primarily attacks the very young, but has been nearly eradicated in the U.S. since the introduction of infant vaccination programs against Hib in the 1980s.

What Is Meningitis?
The disease is spread by droplet infection (cough, sneezing) or by symptomless carriers.

A child whose immune system is weakened due to a disease or genetic disorder is at increased risk for developing meningitis.

There are 2 types of meningitis, bacterial and viral.  Meningitis is a serious illness which can be fatal or cause serious neurological damage as a result. Inflammation of the meninges or meningitis is also known for an important symptom of stiffness of the cervical region.  There is an impairment and painfulness when moving the chin to the chest. When passive flexion of the neck is attempted muscle spasms make the neck so rigid that the head and trunk may be lifted from the bed instead of the neck being flexed.

Meningitis in Babies and Young Children – Symptoms Include:

  • Convulsions
  • Floppy and unresponsive, or stiff with jerky movements
  • Irritable and not wanting to be held
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pale and blotchy skin
  • Staring expression
  • Swelling in the soft part of their head (fontanelle).
  • Unusual crying
  • Very sleepy with a reluctance to wake up
  • Vomiting and refusing feeds

Diagnosing Meningitis

  • It is essential to seek immediate medical attention if the symptoms of meningitis develop in order to determine whether the meningitis is viral or bacterial.
  • Although this is a characteristic symptom, the diagnosis is difficult in the initial phase because of the resemblance with serious influenza.
  • A lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, to obtain a sample of CSF diagnoses meningitis.
  • The fluid is tested for the presence of bacteria and other cells, as well as certain chemical changes that are characteristic of meningitis.

A second form of meningococcal infection is blood poisoning called septicaemia which actually is more dangerous.

  • Due to the toxins many body-functions become disrupted. Throughout the body many small blood clots (CIS) are formed causing a depletion of the blood coagulation factors and the appearance of small hemorrhages in the skin and organs (petechial rash seen on the skin).
  • Within the first three days a petechial rash appears. Infection of one or more joints may occur.
  • Conjunctivitis is common and adrenal failure occurs due to hemorrhages in the adrenal cortex.
  • These symptoms can develop within a few hours. In 20 to 40% of cases it is fatal.

Bacterial Meningitis Causes: Bacterial meningitis can be fatal if not treated promptly.

Some children who survive the infection are left with permanent neurological impairments, such as hearing loss or learning disabilities.

Most Bacterial meningitis are caused by one of three species of bacteria:

  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Many other bacteria, including Escherichia coli and the bacteria that are responsible for tuberculosis and syphilis, can also cause the disease.
  • Bacterial meningitis can be fatal if not treated promptly. Some children who survive the infection are left with permanent neurological impairments, such as hearing loss or learning disabilities.

Meningitis only develops if these microorganisms enter a patient’s bloodstream and then the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The CSF contains no protective white blood cells to fight infection, so once the microorganisms enter the CSF, they multiply rapidly and make a person sick.

Meningitis typically occurs in isolated cases. Occasionally outbreaks of meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcal meningitis, occur in group-living situations, such as day-care centers, college dormitories, or military barracks.

Bacterial Meningitis Symptoms
Usually begin suddenly and rapidly get worse. Warning signs of bacterial meningitis are:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the muscles, joints or limbs, such as in the legs or hands
  • Pale or blotchy skin and blue lips
  • Severe headache
  • Unusually cold hands and feet or shivering
  • General ill feeling

About Viral Meningitis: Viral meningitis is rarely fatal, and most people recover from the disease completely.

Good hygiene to prevent the spread of viruses is the only method of preventing viral meningitis. The most common causes of viral meningitis are:

  • Coxsackie viruses
  • Echoviruses
  • Herpes viruses
  • Mumps virus
  • other viruses can also cause the disease

Viral Meningitis Symptoms Are Like Mild Flu-Like Symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • General ill feeling
  • Neck stiffness
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Vomiting

Later Symptoms in Viral Infections:

  • Blotchy red rash that does not fade or change color when you place a glass against it (rash is not always present)
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Seizures or fits
  • Sensitivity to bright lights
  • Stiff neck – also less common in young children
  • Rapid breathing rate

Homeopathic Remedies for Acute Meningitis
For some people, this can be a serious disease, please contact Kari J. Kindem, CFHom, a classical homeopath experienced in treating severe acutes.

  • Aconite
    Meningitis from heat of the sun’s rays after long exposure thereto, or cerebral congestions from anger. Useful at the onset. Fear is a marked symptom.
  • Apis mellifica
    Nervous agitation; there are shrill cries, stabbing pains; the child puts its hand to its head and screams. There is swelling in the face, scanty urine, and the patient is thirstless. Infantile cases
  • Baptisia tinctoria
    Obvious mastoid developing. Tenderness and slight blush over the mastoid region. Torments everyone with complaints.
  • Belladonna
    Initial stages, where there is intense heat of the body, strong pulse, bright red face and delirium Cerebral irritation is marked by intense pain in the head, starting out of sleep crying out, grinding teeth. For simple meningitis, and symptoms that are acute and intense.
  • Bryonia
    Constant chewing motion with the mouth. Screams with pain when moved. Abdomen distended. Tongue white. Pains are  sharp and stitching. Person drinks greedily. Livid flushed face. High temperature. Excessive sweats.
  • Camphora
    Rapid collapse. Cold, pale and no pulse, eyes sunken, face livid. Though cold, does not want to be covered.
  • Cina maritima
    Intestinal upsets. Become very restless. Constant agitation of the head, rubbing it into the pillow.  Develop internal squint.
  • Cicuta
    Convulsions, twitching in fingers and unconsciousness. The head is spasmodically drawn back with stiff neck. Violent jerks in any part of the body. Chokes on drinking, dilated pupils and staring look.
  • Gelsemium
    Meningitis by its general symptoms. Drowsy, dull, weak limbs.
  • Cuprum metalicum
    Violent convulsions, thumbs are clenched. Loud screaming. Face pale with blue lips. For the later stages.
  • Helleborus niger
    Corresponds to a later stage of the disease. Mental confusion.  Lack of reaction. Wrinkling of one arm and one leg. Shooting pains in the head, sudden crying out, screaming, boring head into the pillow. Pitiful cries.
  • Podophyllum
    Constant rolling of the head from side to side. Retraction of the neck. Constant chewing motion of the mouth. Grinding of the teeth. Squint.
  • Sulphur
    Useful in tubercular meningitis. Child lies in a stupor with cold sweat on forehead. Jerking of limbs, spasms and suppressed urine. Eruptions may be the cause.
  • Tuberculinum, Calcarea carbonica, Bacillinum
    Both are useful remedies. They corresponds to psoric miasm which favors the development of the disease. Clarke advises Bacillinum, which he found very prompt in its action.
  • Urtica urens
    Urtica urens is Burnett’s great remedy for suppression of urine: 5 or 10 drops of the tincture in hot water.
  • Veratrum viride
    Best remedy in acute meningitis.Intense cerebral congestion, rapid pulse, tendency to convulsion, followed by prostration. Coldness of the surface loss of consciousness. Dilated pupils. Labored, slow, irregular pulse.
  • Zincum metallicum
    Sub-acute form of meningitis, especially if tubercular and due to suppressed eruptions. Febrile disturbance is absent or slight, there are marked twitching, jerking and hypersensitivity of all the senses and skin and restlessness of the feet. At the beginning there are sharp lancinating pains and great exhaustion of nerves.

 

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