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Encephalitis in Pregnancy: How dangerous it is Encephalitis? How long does it take to recover?

December 3, 2020
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Encephalitis is a viral infection which is known to hamper the nervous system of a person if it attacks the person severely. It is treatable, but in case any damage is caused, it remains to be permanent.A few points about Encephalitis

  • Encephalitis causes inflammation of the brain.
  • An encephalitis is a varied form of meningitis
  • In this condition, layers of tissue, or membranes, covering the brain get inflamed.

There are various causes of Encephalitis:

  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Parasites
  • Chemicals
  • Autoimmune reactions

Symptoms of Encephalitis

  • Encephalitis is considered to be a viral illness by doctors
  • Viruses such as those responsible for causing cold sores, mumps, measles, and chickenpox can also cause Encephalitis
  • Viral Encephalitis resembles the flu in terms of its symptoms and usually lasts for two to three weeks.
  • It could be mild to life-threatening and even cause death.
  • Significant causes of viral Encephalitis are herpesviruses and the arboviruses
  • Arboviruses are spread by insects such as mosquitoes and ticks.
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The effect of Encephalitis on pregnant women

  • Pregnant women are more susceptible to falling under the influence of such a virus.
  • It is hence, crucial that expecting mothers should be more careful of their health.
  • Although this infection is treatable, if ignored it might lead to more harmful implications
  • The fetus might suffer nerve based impairment if the infection is not treated in the beginning stages.
  • It might lead to death in very severe cases.
  • This might be more prevalent in the latter part of pregnancy.
  • The level of danger depends on the intensity of the infection.

Individuals with mild infection can recover completely. People, with severe disease, can improve although they might have permanent damage to their nervous system.It is crucial that the expectant mother follows strictly the guidance and advice provided to her by her doctor.