Today on STORMS IN THE BRAIN, we will be exploring the EXACTING ENCEPHALITIS.

What is Encephalitis?

Encephalitis is another brain disease caused by the inflammation of the brain. It is predominately a viral disease. Like Meningitis, Encephalitis symptoms may mimic a bad case of the flu.

What are these symptoms?

In mild cases, you can expect:

  • Aches in your muscles and joints
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Fever

In the more severe cases, be on the lookout for:

  • Problems with your speech and hearing
  • Movement issues
  • Stiffness in a particular part of your face or body
  • Disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness


In babies, the symptoms may vary:

  • Difficulty feeding
  • Irritability
  • Throwing up
  • Stiffness in their bodies
  • A soft spot on their heads that protrude

If you notice these symptoms, especially in babies, seek medical help immediately.

What causes Encephalitis?

While in most cases, Encephalitis is viral, no one can accurately pinpoint the actual cause of this disease. What is known is that there are two different types of Encephalitis.

  • Primary Encephalitis: This is caused by a direct attack on the brain itself by a viral agent. The viral agent could spread or stay still. In fact, the viral agent could lay silently in the brain in a dormant state.
  • Secondary Encephalitis: This occurs when you get an infection in another part of the body and your immune system begins to attack the healthy cells instead of only the infected cells.

What are the viral agents that cause Encephalitis?

  • Childhood infections: The viruses that cause diseases like the mumps and measles can escalate and cause secondary Encephalitis.
  • Ticks and Mosquitos: Viruses such as the Powassan, which is carried by ticks, and West Nile Virus, which is caused by mosquitos, can spiral into Encephalitis.
  • Herpes: Cold sores, genital herpes, chickenpox, shingles and fever blisters, all carry viruses that could turn into Encephalitis.
  • Rabies: Commonly associated with being bitten by a rabid animal, this virus can cause an accelerated from of Encephalitis.
  • Enteroviruses: These viruses promote flu-like symptoms.

What are the risk factors associated with Encephalitis?

No one is exempt from getting Encephalitis. We are all included as candidates if we meet any of these criteria.

  • Seasons Change: Summertime is a perfect time for a mosquito and tick invasion.
  • Where You Live: In speaking about mosquitos and ticks, they love certain areas in the United States.
  • Systems Are Down: Your immune system, if found in a weakened state, can be a breeding ground for Encephalitis.
  • How Old Are You?: Certain cases of Encephalitis are more prevalent and more severe depending on the age of the infected person.

What are the severe complications can you expect from Encephalitis?

Depending on the severity of the Encephalitis, the list below can be long-term, or even PERMANENT.

  • Problems with your memory
  • Changes in your personality
  • Issues with your hearing, speech, and sight
  • Difficulties with muscle movement
  • Constant feeling of being tired
  • Paralysis

How can you determine the severity of the complications you have due to Encephalitis?

The following criteria is a great “measuring stick” when trying to figure out the severity of the complications you can get from Encephalitis.

  • Your age
  • The time between it took you to seek treatment after contracting Encephalitis.
  • How severe the Encephalitis was at the moment you got it.
  • The cause of your particular case of Encephalitis

What are the ways that you can prevent yourself from getting Encephalitis?

You can help yourself everyday against being Encephalitis’s next victim. Like my previous article THE MANGLING MENINGITIS, you can:

  • Mind your hygiene: Wash your hands often
  • Your eats are yours: Never share anything that goes into your mouth.
  • Shoot it down: Make sure you and your children have all their vaccinations.

But what about mosquitos and ticks?

In order to protect yourself and your children from the threat of viruses that cause Encephalitis that mosquitos and ticks carry, follow the following procedure.

  • Dress to repel: If you wear clothing that covers your arms and legs, mosquitos and ticks cannot get to you.
  • A spray a day…: Using repellent that contains permethrin will not only repel mosquitos and ticks, but kill them as well.
  • Keep away: Great advice. If you do not want to get bit, stay away from places they are known to be.
  • Useless water: Get rid of all water that is simply sitting in an area. Mosquitos love still water.
  • Look for the signs: If you look outside and notice sick or dying birds and animals, report it immediately to your local health department.

This wraps up another episode of STORMS IN THE BRAIN. Be on the lookout for our next segment where we look into EERIE EPILEPSY.

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