Meningitis – it is a condition when an individual experience inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membranes, mostly caused by an infection. We cannot prevent all the forms of Meningitis, but few measures can help us to lower the risk of getting infected by bacteria and viruses as well as reduce the chances of getting this nasty disease.
Besides, making sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date, there are other ways to prevent meningitis such as by practicing good hygiene and keep yourself generally healthy.
- Avoid sharing personal items
Meningitis can be transferred when you come in contact with throat or respiratory secretions such as sputum, saliva, and nasal mucus of an infected person, either through sharing personal items or kissing.
Spreading of meningitis can be prevented by not sharing personal items, including straws, toothbrushes, water bottles, drinking glasses, silverware, lip glosses or lipsticks, and cigarettes.
- Wash your hands properly
This virus resembles influenza and cold viruses, so the spread of meningitis virus can be reduced by thorough hand hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly as much as possible especially after being in crowded public places, using the washroom, or touching animals. Wash both front and back side of your hands with soap or hand wash liquid.
- Boost your immune system
When ever get an infection, your immune system triggers on and works to combat it off. A healthy immune system can aid prevent an infection from the bacteria and viruses that cause meningitis. One should eat healthy food to keep their immune system at its best fighting condition. Healthy eating, include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins.
- Stay away from infected people
The infection causing bacteria found in nose and throat secretions can also spread through sneezing and coughing. You are prone to get meningitis if you’re in close association with an infected person to come in direct contact with a throat as well as nose secretions. If you know anyone with a respiratory infection, keep at least 3 feet distance away from the line of fire of any coughing.
- Stay alert
If you have been in close association with an infected person, call your healthcare provider right away. Your doctor will recommend you some antibiotics to keep you from getting meningitis.