meningitis is treated with antibiotics in a hospital. You may also get dexamethasone, a type of steroid medicine.
And you will be watched carefully to prevent serious problems such as hearing
loss, seizures, and brain damage.
But viral meningitis is more
common, and most people with this form of the illness get better in about 2
weeks. With mild cases, you may only need home treatment. Home treatment
includes taking medicine for fever and pain and drinking enough fluids to stay hydrated.
The best way to
protect your child from meningitis is to make sure he or she gets all the
standard immunizations for children. These include shots for measles,
chickenpox, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) disease,
and pneumococcal infection.
Talk to your doctor about whether you
or your child also needs the meningococcal vaccine, which is a shot to prevent
bacterial meningitis. Two doses are recommended for all adolescents. And at least one dose is recommended for anyone 6 weeks of age and older who has immune system problems or a damaged or missing spleen. The vaccine is also needed for travel to countries known to have
meningitis outbreaks, such as the countries in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 15, 2013
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