Meningitis is usually caused by an infection that attacks the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The most serious types of meningitis can result in brain damage or even death.
Most parents know children should be vaccinated against meningitis before they go to college, where the crowded, sometimes less-than-sanitary dorm life makes it easier to spread meningitis bacteria through respiratory and throat secretions.
Young adults entering the military need the vaccine for the same reason...
You are pregnant and have been exposed to chickenpox.
You or your child has chickenpox and any of the following:
A fever that lasts
longer than 24 hours
Severe itching that cannot be relieved by home
Chickenpox rash on the eyeball
A rash that
lasts longer than 2 weeks
If you are a teen or adult, are pregnant, or have a weak immune system, it's important to see your doctor as soon as you think you've been exposed to the chickenpox virus. Your doctor may want to give you a medicine that helps protect you from the virus.
A healthy child with chickenpox symptoms may not need to visit a doctor. You may be able to describe your child's symptoms to the doctor over the phone. Then your child won't have to leave the house and risk spreading the virus to others. But it is important to check with your doctor to find out if he or she wants to see your child.
If you go to a doctor's office, ask if you need to
take any precautions when you arrive to avoid spreading the infection. For
example, office staff may take you directly to an exam room when you arrive, rather than have you wait in the lobby.
Who to see
following health professionals can diagnose and treat chickenpox:
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 23, 2013
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