Featured Meningitis Articles
Descriptions of Featured Meningitis Articles
Meningitis is inflammation and swelling in the tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord. As this eMedTV article explains, it is often caused by a viral or bacterial infection. This Web page discusses meningitis causes, symptoms, and treatment.
A serious condition that may result in brain damage, bacterial meningitis is considered a medical emergency. This eMedTV Web page offers an in-depth look at bacterial meningitis and its causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
Viral meningitis is a serious but rarely fatal form of meningitis. As this eMedTV page explains, it's a lot like bacterial meningitis, except it's caused by a virus and it has no specific treatment. This page provides an overview of viral meningitis.
Common meningitis symptoms in people over the age of two include high fever, headache, and stiff neck. This eMedTV segment provides a detailed list of the common and uncommon symptoms of meningitis.
Symptoms of Meningitis
As this eMedTV article explains, symptoms of meningitis (such as headache, stiff neck, and high fever) can develop over several hours, or they may take 1 to 2 days. This Web page provides information on these and other symptoms of the condition.
Until recently, Hib disease was a cause of serious (often deadly) infections in children under age five. This eMedTV resource tells you what you need to know about this disease, including information on its symptoms, transmission, and prevention.
Prevnar is a routine childhood vaccine used to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease and ear infections. This eMedTV resource explains what the ideal age is for getting this vaccine, describes how it works, and lists some potential side effects.
Since the introduction of conjugate Hib vaccine, the incidence of disease has declined by 98 percent. This eMedTV segment offers a look at the facts and figures pertaining to the vaccine, including information on who should and shouldn't get it.
Many types of vaccines for meningitis can protect against different forms of the disease. This article from the eMedTV archives describes these vaccines in detail and provides in-depth information on who should get them and when.
There are many types of meningococcal vaccine available in the United States. This eMedTV selection gives an overview of these vaccines, including information on how they differ and who should get vaccinated.
As this eMedTV page explains, treating meningitis can involve IV antibiotics, bed rest, and IV antifungal medications (the choice of treatment depends on the type of meningitis a person has). This page gives an overview of how this condition is treated.
Prevnar Side Effects
Common side effects of Prevnar may include diarrhea, vomiting, and drowsiness. This article from the eMedTV library lists other possible side effects of the vaccine and explains which problems are potentially serious and require medical attention.
As this eMedTV page explains, a meningitis diagnosis is made after considering a patient's symptoms, physical exam, and test results. This article takes you through the diagnostic process, describing the imaging procedures (such as an MRI) that are used.