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Brain Swelling

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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 to herxheimer 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.

1. "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)..." (1)

2. "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 systems.
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..." (2)
3. " 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 cause." (3)

4. " 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)


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