What do I need to know about caring for someone with encephalitis?

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When caring for someone with encephalitis, remember to offer both emotional and physical support. Encephalitis can cause pain and muscle weakness, making it difficult to perform daily activities. A person with severe encephalitis may experience confusion and memory loss and will need lots of emotional support, understanding, and encouragement. You should also know what symptoms may signal a change for the worse, like seizures, loss of consciousness, severe headache or sudden mental impairment (depression, withdrawal from daily life, lack of judgment, for example). It may help to attend doctor appointments and physical therapy sessions with the person. Encephalitis may be life threatening, and dealing with the disease could be stressful.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

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