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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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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 »

My daughter has a fever along with seizures. Please help.

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 »

Please guide on the consequences of bacterial meningitis in children.

Query: Hello doctor,I have got a concern about my sister's eight-year-old. She recently battled bacterial meningitis and spent a couple of weeks in the hospital. She is recovering well, but we are a bit anxious about potential neurological issues down the road. Are there increased chances of her facing neu...  Read Full »

Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern about your sister's well-being. While it is great to hear that she is recovering well, there is still a chance of secondary side effects, although the risk is not high. Bacterial meningitis can cause a range of secondary side effects which var...  Read Full »

Why do I have lymph node pain under my neck?

Query: Hi doctor, What could be causing the extreme pains in my lymph nodes under my neck and tingling the in head? Should I see a doctor in person? I had a sinus infection a month ago when the neck pains suddenly appeared. I was given antibiotics. It got rid of my other sinus symptoms, but not the lymph ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The first possibility of meningitis is unlikely. It would cause fever, severe headache and patient will be very sick. I do not think this to be a lymph node pain because lymph nodes will hurt only when they enlarge in a short duration of maximum one or two wee...  Read Full »

My niece has a severe brain infection. Is it serious?

Query: Hello doctor, My niece who is 4 years old is suffering from a brain infection. She also had a spinal tap test and diagnosed with a high infection. Suggest me the best specialist doctor for this. Is there any serious problem now or in the future?  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The reports you sent me do not show normal values beside the observed values (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From what I can understand, this would have been a case of viral meningitis. If the child did not have any serious life-threatening episode ...  Read Full »

Can meningitis spread by sharing food and drinks?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a first year engineering student. I share my food with my friends at college every day. I had a stiff neck today. So I researched online and my search leads me to read about bacterial meningitis. I freaked out because I had never heard about meningitis. About its prevention, the a...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. Firstly, let me assure you that you do not have meningitis because people with meningitis cannot write as you do. It presents with a severe headache associated with vomiting and a very high-grade fever. The headache is so severe that some p...  Read Full »

Is it compulsory to take Menactra vaccine for my kid?

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 meningoc...  Read Full »

I have a headache after spinal anesthesia. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 31 years old. Four days ago, I had a C-section to deliver my baby. I had a spinal anesthesia and they also tried to put in an epidural catheter, but they could not. They just kept poking at me and eventually gave up. They told me that I had a difficult spine since I have a bit of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you know, there were multiple punctures and that lead to meningeal irritation. I mean to say that chest to chin thing is indicative of meningeal irritation and it does not mean you have meningitis. Although, a high index of suspicion should be kept and ask your doctor...  Read Full »

After the blood patch, I developed swelling and a bump. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a spinal tap done two weeks ago, and a blood patch three days later. The blood patch worked but, I still get headaches and do not feel well at all. I have a swollen bump on my tailbone that hurts. I saw my doctor who did not seem too sure about it but, said there did not seem to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vansh Priya

Answer: Hello,Welcome to most probably experienced a post dural puncture headache (PDPH), for which you were administered an epidural blood patch.Your signs and symptoms are more suggestive of a meningeal irritation due to some infection. I would suggest you consult a neurophysician for the...  Read Full »

My son has a blood clot in his brain. Please suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, My 18 months old kid is having a problem of a blood clot in the central vein of the brain and also having meningitis fever. Here, the doctors are using Heparin IV, syrup Epival, tablet Debritone, Panadol syrup and some other medications. But, my son is continuously going to bad condition....  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your child. There are a few points here I would like to mention. 1. There is a history of fits before five months, which was suggesting that there may be some abnormalities in the brain. It would require evaluation with imaging, and probably surgical i...  Read Full »

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