Bacterial Diseases and Nerve Damage
Viral and bacterial infections can cause indirect nerve damage by provoking conditions referred to as autoimmune disorders, in which specialized cells and antibodies of the immune system attack the body’s own tissues. These attacks typically cause destruction of the nerve’s myelin sheath or axon (the long fiber that extends out from the main nerve cell body).
Lyme disease, diphtheria, and leprosy are bacterial diseases characterized by extensive peripheral nerve damage.
Diphtheria and leprosy are now rare in the United States, but Lyme disease is on the rise. It can cause a wide range of neuropathic disorders, including a rapidly developing, painful polyneuropathy, often within a few weeks after initial infection by a tick bite.
Staph infections that are gotten from hospitalization can also cause nerve damage.
Virus Diseases and Nerve Damage
Viruses that can attack nerve tissues include herpes varicella-zoster (shingles), Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex-members of the large family of human herpes viruses. These viruses severely damage sensory nerves, causing attacks of sharp, lightning-like pain.
Postherpetic neuralgia often occurs after an attack of shingles and can be particularly painful.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, also causes extensive damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems. The virus can cause several different forms of neuropathy, each strongly associated with a specific stage of an active immunodeficiency disease. A rapidly progressive, painful polyneuropathy affecting the feet and hands is often the first clinically apparent sign of HIV infection.
What can be done about bacteria or virus caused neuropathy
Nerve Damage is also called Neuropathy. It has been found the cause of the damage doesn’t matter, that the damage is the same. For information on neuropathy
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