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My friends daughter has Encephalitis or he thinks she does,

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My friends daughter has Encephalitis or he thinks she does, I don't fully understand as she is in hospital and he is upset. What would cause that in a child as young as 4?

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

Customer:

hello

mysticdoc :

Viral infection is the common explanation.

Customer:

what is viral infection eg

mysticdoc :

Your daughter can get the virus from the environment commonly.

Customer:

its my friends daughter

Customer:

is Encephalitis very serious?#

mysticdoc :

West nile virus, herpes simplex are such examples.

mysticdoc :

The encephalitis is due to the inflammation of the brain tissue and can become serious sometimes causing life threatening complications.

mysticdoc :

Usually, people recover fully with supportive treatment.

Customer:

she is 4

mysticdoc :

In case of children the infection can become serious.

Customer:

West nile virus, herpes simplex is that not sexual transmitted diseases?

mysticdoc :

But since she is in hospital, hopefully she will recover over time.

mysticdoc :

no ==

Customer:

sorry I don't follow, why did u say no?

mysticdoc :

These infections are not transmitted sexually.

mysticdoc :

they can be contracted from air, water, food anything.

mysticdoc :

you are confusing genital herpes with herpes simplex --different

Customer:

ok

Customer:

damn that is scary

Customer:

she is in hospital and can she recover without any lasting effects

mysticdoc :

Yes ofcourse she can in most cases.

Customer:

ok

mysticdoc :

close monitoring is necessary which she is getting in the hospital.

Customer:

she has been there for 2 weeks

Customer:

does that sound just about right

mysticdoc :

ok

mysticdoc :

the recovery is slow can take 4 to 6 weeks even longer.

mysticdoc :

However she should show signs of improvement by now.

Customer:

ok

Customer:

thank u for help

mysticdoc :

very welcome

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