Meningitis and Homeopathy
There are 2 types of meningitis, bacterial and viral. Meningitis is a serious illness which can be fatal or cause serious neurological damage as a result. Inflammation of the meninges or meningitis is also known for an important symptom of stiffness of the cervical region. There is an impairment and painfulness when moving the chin to the chest. When passive flexion of the neck is attempted muscle spasms make the neck so rigid that the head and trunk may be lifted from the bed instead of the neck being flexed.
The disease is spread by droplet infection (cough, sneezing) or by symptomless carriers.
Diagnosis of Meningitis
It is essential to seek immediate medical attention if the symptoms of meningitis develop in order to determine whether the meningitis is viral or bacterial. Although this is a characteristic symptom, the diagnosis is difficult in the initial phase because of the resemblance with serious influenza. A lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, to obtain a sample of CSF diagnoses meningitis. The fluid is tested for the presence of bacteria and other cells, as well as certain chemical changes that are characteristic of meningitis.
A second form of meningococcal infection is blood poisoning called septicaemia which actually is more dangerous. Due to the toxins many body-functions become disrupted. Throughout the body many small blood clots (CIS) are formed causing a depletion of the blood coagulation factors and the appearance of small hemorrhages in the skin and organs (petechial rash seen on the skin). Within the first three days a petechial rash appears. Infection of one or more joints may occur. Conjunctivitis is common and adrenal failure occurs due to hemorrhages in the adrenal cortex. These symptoms can develop within a few hours. In 20 to 40% of cases it is fatal.
Many other bacteria, including Escherichia coli and the bacteria that are responsible for tuberculosis and syphilis, can also cause the disease.
Bacterial meningitis can be fatal if not treated promptly. Some children who survive the infection are left with permanent neurological impairments, such as hearing loss or learning disabilities.
Meningitis only develops if these microorganisms enter a patient’s bloodstream and then the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The CSF contains no protective white blood cells to fight infection, so once the microorganisms enter the CSF, they multiply rapidly and make a person sick.
In fact, meningitis typically occurs in isolated cases. Occasionally outbreaks of meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcal meningitis, occur in group-living situations, such as day-care centers, college dormitories, or military barracks. A child whose immune system is weakened due to a disease or genetic disorder is at increased risk for developing meningitis.
Meningitis from heat of the sun's rays after long exposure thereto, or cerebral congestions from anger. Useful at the onset. Fear is a marked symptom.
Nervous agitation; there are shrill cries, stabbing pains; the child puts its hand to its head and screams. There is swelling in the face, scanty urine, and the patient is thirstless. Infantile cases
Obvious mastoid developing. Tenderness and slight blush over the mastoid region. Torments everyone with complaints.
Initial stages, where there is intense heat of the body, strong pulse, bright red face and delirium Cerebral irritation is marked by intense pain in the head, starting out of sleep crying out, grinding teeth. For simple meningitis, and symptoms that are acute and intense.
Constant chewing motion with the mouth. Screams with pain when moved. Abdomen distended. Tongue white. Pains are sharp and stitching. Person drinks greedily. Livid flushed face. High temperature. Excessive sweats.
Rapid collapse. Cold, pale and no pulse, eyes sunken, face livid. Though cold, does not want to be covered.
Intestinal upsets. Become very restless. Constant agitation of the head, rubbing it into the pillow. Develop internal squint.
Convulsions, twitching in fingers and unconsciouness. The head is spasmodically drawn back with stiff neck. Violent jerks in any part of the body. Chokes on drinking, dilated pupils and staring look.
Meningitis by its general symptoms. Drowsy, dull, weak limbs.
Violent convulsions, thumbs are clenched. Loud screaming. Face pale with blue lips. For the later stages.
Corresponds to a later stage of the disease. Mental confusion. Lack of reaction. Wrinkling of one arm and one leg. Shooting pains in the head, sudden crying out, screaming, boring head into the pillow. Pitiful cries.
Constant rolling of the head from side to side. Retraction of the neck. Constant chewing motion of the mouth. Grinding of the teeth. Squint.
Useful in tubercular meningitis. Child lies in a stupor with cold sweat on forehead. Jerking of limbs, spasms and suppressed urine. Eruptions may be the cause.
Tuberculinum and Calcarea carbonica
Both are useful remedies. They corresponds to psoric miasm which favors the development of the disease. Clarke advises Bacillinum, which he found very prompt in its action.
Urtica urens is Burnett’s great remedy for suppression of urine: 5 or 10 drops of the tincture in hot water.
Best remedy in acute meningitis.Intense cerebral congestion, rapid pulse, tendency to convulsion, followed by prostration. Coldness of the surface loss of consciousness. Dilated pupils. Labored, slow, irregular pulse.
Sub-acute form of meningitis, especially if tubercular and due to suppressed eruptions. Febrile disturbance is absent or slight, there are marked twitching, jerking and hypersensitivity of all the senses and skin and restlessness of the feet. At the beginning there are sharp lancinating pains and great exhaustion of nerves.