What is meningitis?
A person with meningitis has inflammation of the dura, a protective lining that envelopes the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by infection with bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi. Viral meningitis is more common than bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection that can result in death if it is not treated early.
What are the symptoms of meningitis?
Common symptoms of meningitis include a headache, neck pain, neck stiffness, and a high fever. Additional symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, confusion, lethargy, and unresponsiveness.
How does the doctor treat meningitis?
The treatment for meningitis depends on the underlying cause. Viral meningitis may be treated with antiviral medication, but in most cases, it resolves without treatment. Bacterial meningitis is a life threatening infection that requires treatment with intravenous antibiotics in the hospital. With prompt treatment, most people recover.
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