You may not hear a considerable amount of news about brain infections, but we all know they’re possible in young and old alike through various circumstances. Some of the more egregious circumstances are eating contaminated foods and dealing with head trauma after an accident. These incidents are obviously due to the negligence of other people and can usually mean a personal injury suit to help pay for medical bills.
Medical bills are going to be substantial when you consider that it can take some time to get over a brain infection. They can easily be treated as long as treatment is given early. If delayed, however, it could lead to permanent intellectual impairment if even death in extreme viral conditions.
But what should you look out for if you think you’ve eaten contaminated food, experienced head trauma in an accident, or think you’ve caught a virus?
Brain Infections from Eating Contaminated Foods
Bacterial meningitis is one of the most common type of brain infections, and Taxoplasmosis is one of the closest to that in the realm of eating contaminated food. Also known as Taxo for short, this type of brain infection can come on from eating vegetables that haven’t been washed properly or from undercooked meat. Feces from cats can sometimes be a culprit here, and you may feel like you have the flu as one of the symptoms.
If you have a weakened immune system, you’re especially vulnerable with Taxo. You’re even vulnerable to seizures if you manage to get Cerebral Cysticercosis, which became more common in certain parts of the U.S. in recent years. It’s the result of eating any food contaminated with feces, which may be more common than you think.
This same problem with unclean food is a big problem with catching trichonosis, something you catch from undercooked pork. This is very treatable, though has some of the most severe symptoms than the above two, including possible coma.
Brain Infection from Head Trauma
After dealing with a car accident, you may have bumped your head and didn’t bother to seek out proper medical treatment. Some people mistakenly do this, even if they have head pain. If you have severe head pain days after with fever or general fatigue, you may have a cerebral abscess, a form of brain infection.
These cerebral abscesses can also come from severe sinus infections or problems with the inner ear that don’t get proper treatment. Even so, if you develop it from general head trauma, you may be in a position to sue the driver to blame for causing your accident in the first place.
In many cases, though, brain infections caused by viruses are the result of natural circumstance or a person delving into risky behavior. Infections from Rubella or the mumps are the result of situations that can’t always be controlled. There’s also an HIV dementia as an unfortunate part of the AIDS/HIV virus that isn’t easily treatable.
Regardless, prompt treatment will help reduce medical bills that may stack up and make life difficult while you ride out a lawsuit against a food company or driver.