Various chronic diseases may end up taking your life one day. But what can be worse than having infections or illnesses that can kill you within 24 hours?
From the Black Death in the 14th century in Europe to the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa, we can get the idea that how many devastations a disease and infection can cause.
There are diseases that have the potential to kill you within a day, if not given proper medication in time.
1. Meningococcal Disease
This disease sweeps through your body at such a faster rate that you will die within one day. But you can save your life with proper treatment in time.
This disease spreads through the nasal droplets and saliva of the infected person through coughing, sneezing, sharing cigarettes and drinks. It is fatal in around 50% of the people who suffer from it.
About 10% to 15% of infected people ends up with suffering the severe neurological defects including depression, severe headaches, and cognitive problems.
Furthermore, the symptoms of meningitis are the same as that of flu and can be easily mistaken for flu. This disease is highly contagious and has no geographical barriers.
Around 10% of the population carries this disease back of their nose and throats. Infants and babies are more susceptible to this disease due to their weak immune system.
This disease targets the lining of the brain or meninges and spinal cord. At this situation, person’s responses become significantly weaker.
They may become sensitive to light, fever, stiff neck, body aches, and the energy level are also compromised. There may also appear as a purple rash, but it doesn’t appear always.
Meningitis Centre Australia suggests not to wait for the purple rash to appear and seek for the medical treatment as soon as possible.
There is a vaccine for most of the bacterial forms of meningitis. It includes Meningococcal B and A, Pneumococcal meningitis, W135 and Y, Meningococcal C, and Hi B.
2. Bubonic Plague
We usually know it by the name of the black plague. It occurs by the fleas or bites from the small infected animal such as a rat.
This disease is endemic and found in Russia, African countries, throughout Asia and America. The symptoms of this disease are body ache, headache, fever, and chills, nausea and vomiting.
3. Flesh Eating Bug
This bug quickly sweeps through the body eating your body’s soft tissue. It is generally caused due to more than one kind of bacteria with the Streptococcus the most common bacteria.
This bacteria affects the connective tissues that surround the nerves, fat and blood vessels and muscles leading to its death. It can cause the loss of limbs or life.
It is the disease in which the bacteria are resistant to the many antibiotics. This disease is also called Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Furthermore, the symptoms of this disease depend on the location where you get infected.
Usually, it leads to the mild infections on the skin such as boils or sores. However, it can lead to severe skin infections or can infect surgical wounds, the lungs, bloodstream or the urinary tract.
A stroke occurs when the blood veins bursts or gets blocked due to clot in the brain. It breaks off the oxygen supply that leads to brain damage.
However, about 80% of premature heart strokes and attacks are preventable these days. The most common sign of stroke is numbness to the arm, leg or face, and generally, affects the one side of the body.
6. Enterovirus D68
This virus spreads from the parent’s sneezes, coughs, and saliva. And this can get from the household surfaces which are contaminated with the bug. The symptoms of this disease include sneezing, fever, muscle soreness, cough, and running nose.
People suffering from Asthmatics are at more risk of getting this virus. In severe cases, it can lead to intense breathing problems and wheeze that can ultimately lead to death.
This disease is an intestinal disease. It occurs due to the intake of contaminated food and water. This disease has the potential to kill you within hours. The infected people suffer from diarrhea and leads to dehydration and even death if not treated in time.
8. Necrotizing Fasciitis
This is the rare infection of the deep layers of the skin and subcutaneous tissues. It spreads across the fascial plane within subcutaneous tissue. This is the severe disease of sudden onset which progresses at a high rate.
Ebola disease appeared as an epidemic, and around 11500 people lost their life worldwide due to it. This virus transfers through the close contact with blood, body fluids from the infected animals. It is common in countries like Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
10. Chagas Disease
This is a tropical parasitic disease. This spreads by the insects known as the kissing bugs. Its symptoms change over the time of infection.
However, at the early stage, its symptoms may include swollen lymph nodes, fever, swelling at the site of bite and headache.
11. Dengue Fever
Dengue disease spreads through the infected mosquito. The symptoms of this disease are headaches, high fever, joint pain, pain behind the eyes, rash or bleeding from gums and nose and bone pain.
These infected mosquitoes generally live in tropical countries. Protection from mosquitoes is suggested as there is no vaccine for this disease. Estimates show that there are 100 million cases of dengue each year, across the world.
This disease takes about 20 to 30 million lives per year. In most of the cases, the third infected person dies from this disease.
Sepsis is a situation in which the whole body is at inflammatory state which is, in turn, triggered due to another infection.
Where sepsis occurs, it depends on the initial infection which leads to the inflammation. Also depending on the site of infection, its symptoms may also differ from person to person. But there is low blood pressure in a patient, always.
Once the infection develops, it becomes fatal. Even in some of the cases, an infected person loses his life within a couple of hours.
Furthermore, the severity of infection mainly depends on the immune system of a person. Stronger the immune system more the chances of overreaction that leads to inflammation.Well, you can come out the adverse effects of these diseases by taking proper medication. So don’t ignore the symptoms of these diseases, if you have, and seek for a medical emergency as soon as possible.