Inflammation of the membranous covering of the brain and spinal cord along with the fluids is termed meningitis, which can be bacterial, viral, fungi, or parasitic in origin. Symptoms include sudden fever, stiff neck, dizziness, seizures, confusion, loss of appetite, headache, photophobia, skin rashes, etc. Vaccines are available to prevent some of their bacterial variants. Treatment involves treating the cause along with specific antimicrobial medications.

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What can cause neutropenia in an infant?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby boy is 3.5 months old. When he was 38 days old, he got a fever. I went to the hospital and the doctor said any infant who has fever without any other symptoms may have meningitis and so lumbar puncture was performed. It was positive and the WBC was 570 (clear), monomorph 80% an...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query and attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: Your baby boy probably had viral meningitis looking at the positive WBC and high monomorph along with a negative culture. Now, that he does not have an...  Read Full »

How could herpes infection cause clogged ears and hearing loss?

Query: Hello doctor, I have clogged ears and pain from ears to the throat, vertigo, and always feeling confused. I had a sinus nasal drip which I thought that is why my ears where clogged it has been six weeks and it is still clogged, popping and painful. I saw an ENT and he said I had no fluid and there ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from clogged earaches with painful jaw joints and sore throat with vertigo and all these sufferings may result from herpes infection according to your assumption. When herpes affects th...  Read Full »

Is it compulsory for my child to take Menactra vaccine?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 26-months-old. The doctor has advised taking the Menactra vaccine (Sanofi). Though this vaccine is not listed in IAP compulsory immunization schedule, is it necessary to take this? What are its side effects?   Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Menactra Vaccine (Meningococcal Vaccine (Group A, C, Y, and W-135)) is given to prevent meningococcal disease. It is not mentioned in the IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) compulsory immunization schedule. But in some places where meningococ...  Read Full »

I need a second opinion regarding my daughter's fever treatment. Please guide me.

Query: Hello doctor, My one year old daughter had a fever for four days, with one episode of seizure on the fourth day which lasted less than a minute. There was no post ictal confusion or drowsiness. At first, the doctors started with Ceftriaxone and Amikacin for four days, then a lumbar puncture was done...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. From the symptoms and investigations, your child is most probably having meningitis. The first line of treatment is Ceftriaxone and Amikacin. This covers the most common organism for meningitis at this age. The blood culture which showed...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to consult rheumatologist for hearing impairment due to meningitis fever?

Query: Hello doctor, I had meningitis fever when I was 7 years old because of which my hearing capacity was lost. I use hearing aids and I can hear from hearing aid, but it is hard to listen. One of the doctors said that I have bones issues, and I need to consult with a rheumatologist. But it is hard for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The main problem with meningitis is that it is an infection which causes irreversible damage. As far as knowledge goes, there are not many cases who benefitted with the hearing. The cochlea is the hearing organ of the human body. It has three partitions filled with f...  Read Full »

Can brain development problems in babies result in convulsions?

Query: Hi doctor, My 9 months old baby had convulsions. We feel that he has crossed eyes, neck moving issues and feeling partial seizures during sleeping alone. I also have a doubt whether there is any brain development problem. Currently, he is on Keppra 100 mg/mL, 1 mL in 12 hours and so to be given twic...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am very sorry to hear about this condition. However, I would like to know some details to help you better. Tell me the birth history of the child. Did the child cry immediately after birth? Has the child required to be kept in NICU for any reason (neonatal inten...  Read Full »

What condition can cause neck stiffness, severe headaches, leg weakness, and hand tingling?

Query: Hi doctor,Actually, my father has diabetes mellitus, hypertension, psoriasis, and psoriasis arthritis. For few days, he has neck stiffness, sudden severe headache. The pain usually starts from the back of the head or temple side. Pain starts anytime throughout the day. He complains of weakness in th...  Read Full »

Dr. Kapil Kumar Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms that you have mentioned about your father suggests brain infection or meningitis or encephalitis, or cerebral vascular accident (CVA), which means either bleeding from the vessels or blockage in the vessels. The good thing is that the most lethal out of th...  Read Full »

My brother is in coma with fungal meningitis. Will he recover?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother has fungal meningitis and is in a coma. Initially, he responded to the commands, but after him having a tracheostomy and a feeding tube put in him; he is not responding to our words. What do you think? Is there a possibility¬†of recovery? Will he wake up?  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Fungal meningitis has poor outcome compared to viral or bacterial meningitis. Such fungal infection usually occurs when body immunity is low due to any reason. Sometimes, there may be some permanent cellular level damage to brain cells by such infection. But, do...  Read Full »

My 5-month-old granddaughter had a seizure, and the blood test showed increased levels of WBC and platelets. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My granddaughter, who is 5 months old, was admitted to the emergency room with a seizure. They did a CT scan and found blood in her brain. They did a blood test; the WBC was at 24000 cells per cubic millimeter, and her platelets were at 711 platelets per microliter of blood. Both of these...  Read Full »

Dr. Diggireddy Shilpa Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. According to the description you provided, it sounds like meningitis. The antibiotics given to her on the first day will help clear the infection. In meningitis, the course of duration depends on the organism separated ...  Read Full »

I am experiencing a terrible headache, a stiff neck, and tiredness. What could be the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been feeling horrible for at least four days with a terrible headache and a stiff, sore neck; my body feels awful, and I get very tired quickly, and my face twitches. I might have meningitis or possibly might have been bitten by a tick. I remember seeing what looks like ringworm, w...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I need further details. Do you have any other associated symptoms? I suggest, It is best to check BP (blood pressure). Keep well hydrated. Make sure you are taking adequate sleep. Avoid stress-strain exertion by lifting heav...  Read Full »

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