Answers to Common Brain and Memory Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about the brain and memory loss.

Can infections lead to memory loss?

Some types of infections that can lead to memory loss, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Some kind of severe brain infections or infections around the brain can cause memory loss, according to the NIH. Other infections, including Lyme disease, syphilis and HIV/AIDS, also can cause memory loss that can affect behavior, judgment, language skill and thinking.

In people who already have Alzheimer’s disease, getting even a minor infection, such as a cold or a stomach bug, can lead to increased memory loss, according to the American Academy of NeurologyOff Site Icon (AAN).

For more information about infections and memory loss, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Mark Friedman, DO, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Bryan Ludwig, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute


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