Encephalitis Scare - Causes and Symptoms

By First Posted: Jun 17, 2019 Mon 2:00 PM
Encephalitis Scare - Causes and Symptoms
Image Credit: factdr

Encephalitis is swelling of the brain. Encephalitis Scare leads to changes in a child's nervous system that can include confusion, changes in alertness, and seizures. Hardly, encephalitis can be lethal. Timely diagnosis and treatment is important because it's difficult to forecast how encephalitis will affect each individual.

What causes encephalitis?

Investigators think that deadly viruses are the main cause of Encephalitis. Various kind of viruses can cause encephalitis. These include herpes simplex virus, West Nile virus, and rabies. Encephalitis may occur after a viral illness. This may be an upper lung infection or an illness that causes diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

Encephalitis can also transpire after a bacterial contagion such as Lyme disease, tuberculosis, or syphilis. It can also happen after an infection caused by parasites, such as toxoplasmosis.

What are the symptoms of encephalitis?

Symptoms may occur a bit differently in each individual. They can include:


  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Bulging of the soft spots on a baby’s head (fontanelles)
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Neck stiffness
  • Sleepiness
  • Lack of energy (lethargy)
  • Increased irritability
  • Seizures
  • Skin rash
  • Trouble talking and speech changes
  • Changes in alertness
  • Confusion or hallucinations
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unsteady walking
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness (coma)


The symptoms of encephalitis can be like other health conditions. Keep a regular check on your health and visit the doctor if you see any symptoms mentioned above


Most Read