Meningitis is an infectious condition that causes inflammation of the areas around the spinal cord and brain called meninges. Of the two viral and bacterial the one that is much most dangerous is bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is also the more frequently diagnosed of the two and is a very dangerous infection that if left untreated can cause very quick death.
The tissues around the brain and spinal cord become enlarged and that raises the probabilities of paralysis, stroke or often time death. Since the disease is very severe it is important to know the symptoms and signs. The period of time between infection and sign or symptoms is usually 2 to 3 days.
Some of the symptoms include fever and headaches but there is one symptom that is unique to meningitis which is a progressive firmness (stiffness) in the neck which causes problems with everyday activities.
Other symptoms include being easily annoyed, uncertainty, continual sleepiness and stroke. Children are also affected by this disease and symptoms for them range from nausea, easily irritated, feeling poorly and not wanting to do any exercise.
Others symptoms that also may be present in young children or even babies are vomiting, sleepiness, light sensitivity and excessive sweating. It is always important to know as much as you can about symptoms and signs of any or all diseases that could affect you, your family or anyone you know.
One of those reasons is to be able to act early and act correctly when you feel there is a problem because a quick response may be the difference in saving someone’s life or losing the life of someone. Because the incubation period is not long, between 48 to 72 hours, the disease itself can do it harms very quickly and especially in young children that really do not know what is happening to them other than they know they do not feel well.