an inflammation of the fluid and membranes or meninges (muh-NIN-jeez)
surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Of the various
forms of meningitis, viral meningitis is the most common form, usually
not life-threatening, and currently preventable with the use of menigitis vaccines.
however, is the most dangerous form and if not treated quickly enough
may be fatal.
it is always highly advisable to see a doctor for a timely diagnosis
whenever any symptoms of meningitis occur.
Meningitis signs & symptoms
is the most common symptom of bacterial meningitis, followed by
neck stiffness, fever and confused mental state.
classic symptoms noted above, other symptoms of bacterial meningitis
leg or knee
pain and stiffness
to tolerate bright light or loud noises
of the cranial fontanelle (soft spot) in infants
Bacterial meningitis treatment
cases of bacterial meningitis, however mild, require emergency medical
treatment. This typically includes an immediate dose of a broad-spectrum
antibiotic and corticosteroids
to reduce inflammation.
symptoms, medical options may include treatment for brain swelling,
shock, seizures or severe dehydration. Follow-up care, especially
for infants and children, may also require frequent post-recovery
check-ups to test for related neurological disorders such as hearing difficulties or hearing
More about meningitis around the Web:
- Good overview from Kidshealth.org with information on typical
ages of children who may develop the disease, a list of common symptoms,
when to call a doctor, with clear explanation of diagnosis and treatment
Meningitis - Merck Manual - An expert guide to acute bacterial meningitis and related diseases detailing
signs and symptoms, causes, and common treatment options.
- Meningitis Foundation of America - The latest news &
headlines related to meningitis plus a complete guide to causes,
symptoms, treatment & support, online forum, event calendar,
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.