Wednesday, January 03, 2018 by Rhonda Johansson
Aseptic meningitis is when the lining of the brain (meninges) become inflamed because of a viral infection. Unlike its counterparts, this form of meningitis is usually mild and runs its course without treatment. However, there are cases, although rare, when aseptic meningitis can be life-threatening.
Aseptic meningitis should not be confused with viral meningitis. This condition has a number of etiologies, both infectious and noninfectious and is therefore of its own classification.
Medical professionals consider aseptic meningitis to be a mild condition. Most patients are not even aware they have the condition. All the same, the typical symptoms of aseptic meningitis in both children and adults include: chills, painful headaches, body aches, stomachache, loss of appetite, vomiting, fatigue, and an increased sensitivity to light.
Patients are asked to seek immediate medical attention if they have all of the aforementioned symptoms that are accompanied with seizures, mental confusion, stiff, painful neck, or a debilitating, persistent headache.
The condition affects the brain. It usually resolves itself within a few days. Nevertheless, the illness can damage other organs if left untreated or undiagnosed after a month.
It remains unclear how exactly viruses affect the brain. Neurologists assume that the condition may be more likely for those who have a weakened immune system. This is why an emphasis is being placed on following a healthy diet, consuming lots of food items that are anti-inflammatory in nature. This means minimizing your intake of processed foods and sugary drinks and eating more fruits and vegetables.
A good example of a well-balanced diet is one that is 40-50 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent healthy fat, and 20 to 30 percent protein. Adults should always aim for variety.
Patients are told to get lots of rest and drink plenty of water. Analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications are also prescribed depending on the patient.
Aseptic meningitis is a mild form of meningitis wherein the lining of the brain becomes inflamed due to a virus. The condition normally resolves itself within a week or so. It is suggested that people with a weakened immune system are more vulnerable to acquiring the condition.
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