Meningitis
Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, Questions & Related Topics

Meningitis May Also be Known as:

  • Cerebromeningitis
  • Encephalomeningitis
  • Cerebrospinal fever
  • Infectious disease&
  • Cerebrospinal meningitis
  • Brain fever
  • Epidemic meningitis
  • Meningoencephalitis
  • Leptomeningitis
  • Choriomeningitis



What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (called meninges). Most often, meningitis is caused by a viral infection, though it can also develop because of a bacterial or fungal infection too. Bacterial meningitis is the most serious form of this illness, though it is important that anyone showing symptoms of meningitis get checked out by a medical professional as quickly as possible. In its early stages, meningitis in adults and children tends to look a lot like the flu

What are the Symptoms of Meningitis?

Meningitis in Newborns & Infants

Newborns who have not had their vaccinations are also at an increased risk of meningitis. In newborns and infants, meningitis can cause:

  • High fever
  • Inactivity
  • Sleepiness and/or irritability
  • Difficulty eating
  • Stiffness in the neck and body
  • A bulge in the soft spot on the baby’s head
  • The inability to be comforted

Treatment of Meningitis

The way a person with meningitis is treated actually depends on the form of the disease that they have. Bacterial meningitis is treated with corticosteroids and IV antibiotics, while meningitis that’s caused by a virus is usually treated with over-the-counter pain medications and plenty of rest and fluids.

If you suspect that you or a loved one may have meningitis, promptly schedule an appointment at an urgent care clinic to get the treatment you need. 

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