Causes of brain swelling are numerous from head injury
to a host of diseases. This article will explorer
only viral infection.
With my Lyme disease I have experienced encephalitis
for years but thought it was only from a high copper
level. High copper can and is probably a contributor
to my encephalitis however some show copper is high
with oxidative stress levels. In the past two years
2007-8 I have experimented with various natural compounds
to treat my immune system and lyme disease. With each
experiment I had an increase in encephalitis which
led me to study the topic of this page.
I suspect the increased brain swelling may be similar
reaction. If that is so it means each time I attack
my lyme disease my brain swelling increases. This
page is my attempt to find data to prove or disprove
this assumption. This research is the first proof
if have found that brain swelling can be a symptom
of lyme disease. I must explain I have no proof I
have lyme disease other than I have the symptoms.
I could have other viral or parasite infections as
listed in the supporting articles below. What is important
is that there are many sources or diseases that are
viral infections. Viral infections cannot be cured
with antibiotics. In fact there is extensive research
indicating anti-biotic's will only worsen them. Viral
infections are known to hide in the non blood areas
of the body when attacked and then return. Some researchers
state antibiotics will cause them to migrate to ligaments
and cartilage. Then because the antibiotic destroyed
the friendly bacteria the virus or pathagen roars
back even worse. I will continue to look for natural
chemicals to treat my infections because they are
less destructive to my defense system. It is the immune
system that is being compromised by the viral infections.
Treat the source not the symptom. Find a way to kill
the infection without compromising the immune system
and at the same time strengthening the immune system.
As you can see in the immune
system main page it is the hypocretin system that
needs to be strengthened.
This page is not complete more research is needed.
"Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the
brain, commonly caused by a viral infection.Victims
are usually exposed to viruses resulting in encephalitis
by insect bites or food and drink. The most frequently
encountered agents are arboviruses (carried by mosquitoes
or ticks) and enteroviruses ( coxsackievirus, poliovirus
and echovirus ). Some of the less frequent agents
are measles, rabies, mumps, varicella and herpes simplex
viruses. Patients with encephalitis suffer from fever,
headache, vomiting, confusion, drowsiness and photophobia.
The symptoms of encephalitis are caused by brain's
defense mechanisms being activated to get rid of infection
(brain swelling, small bleedings and cell death)..."
"Encephalitis...brain inflammation caused by
a virus. It's a rare disease that occurs in approximately
0.5 per 100,000 individuals — most commonly
in children, the elderly, and people with weakened
immune systems (i.e., those with HIV/AIDS or cancer).Symptoms
in milder cases of encephalitis usually include: *
fever, * headache, * poor appetite, * loss of energy,
* a general sick feeling. In more severe cases of
encephalitis, a person is more likely to experience
high fever and any of a number of symptoms that relate
to the central nervous system, including: * severe
headache, * nausea and vomiting,
* stiff neck, * confusion, * disorientation, * personality
changes, * convulsions (seizures), * problems with
speech or hearing
* hallucinations, * memory loss, * drowsiness, * coma...Because
encephalitis can follow or accompany common viral
illnesses, there sometimes are signs and symptoms
of these illnesses beforehand. But often, the encephalitis
appears without warning...Because encephalitis can
be caused by many types of germs, the infection can
be spread in several different ways. One of the most
dangerous and most common causes of encephalitis is
the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV is the same virus
that causes cold sores around the mouth, but when
it attacks the brain it may occasionally be fatal.
Fortunately, HSV encephalitis is very rare. Encephalitis
can be a very rare complication of Lyme disease transmitted
by ticks, or of rabies spread by rabid animals. Mosquitoes
can also transmit the viruses for several
types of encephalitis, including West Nile encephalitis,
St. Louis encephalitis, and Western Equine encephalitis.
Over the last several years in the United States,
there's been concern about the spread of West Nile
virus, which is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes
that pick up the virus by biting infected birds. Milder
forms of encephalitis can follow or accompany common
childhood illnesses, including measles, mumps, chickenpox,
rubella (German measles), and mononucleosis. Viruses
like chickenpox spread mostly via the fluids of the
nose and throat, usually during a cough or sneeze.
Less commonly, encephalitis can result from a bacterial
infection, such as bacterial meningitis, or it may
be a complication of other infectious diseases like
syphilis. Certain parasites, like toxoplasmosis, can
also cause encephalitis in people with weakened immune
Contagiousness...Encephalitis cannot be prevented
except to try to prevent the illnesses that may lead
to it...Because antibiotics aren't effective against
viruses, they aren't used to treat encephalitis. However,
antiviral drugs can be used to treat some forms of
encephalitis, especially the type caused by the herpes
simplex virus. Corticosteroids may also be used in
some cases to reduce brain swelling. If a child is
having seizures, anticonvulsants may also be given..."
" Encephalitis is most often caused by a viral
infection, and many types of viruses may cause it.
Exposure to viruses can occur through insect bites,
food or drink contamination, inhalation of respiratory
droplets from an infected person, or skin contact.
In rural areas, arboviruses -- carried by mosquitoes
or ticks, or accidentally ingested, are the most common
" Viral encephalitis is inflammation of the brain
caused by a virus. Some viral diseases, such as measles
and rubella, can also progress to involve inflammation
of the brain. Other micro-organisms, such as bacteria,
fungi and parasites, are capable of triggering encephalitis,
but viruses - particularly the group known as enteroviruses
- are the leading cause. Once inside the blood, the
viruses migrate to the brain where they start to multiply.
The body notices the invasion and mounts an immune
system response. This causes the brain to swell. The
combination of infection and immune response create
the typical symptoms of viral encephalitis...Once
the viruses have gained access to the bloodstream,
they multiply and head to the spinal cord and brain
(central nervous system). Access to the brain is by
blood or nerves. After breaching the blood-brain barrier,
the viruses slip inside brain cells. This disrupts,
damages and ultimately ruptures the infected brain
cells...The cells of the immune system rush to the
brain and start attacking the viruses. This causes
the characteristic brain swelling (cerebral oedema).
Both the infection and the attempts of the body to
fight the infection are responsible for the symptoms
of viral encephalitis..." (4)