with viral meningitis usually start getting better within 3 days of feeling
sick, and they recover within 2 weeks. With mild cases of viral meningitis, you may
only need home treatment, including drinking extra fluids and taking medicine
for pain and fever.
Bacterial or severe viral meningitis may require treatment in a hospital,
There's a lot you can do to help prevent meningitis in your teen. A meningococcal vaccine can help prevent the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in teens. Your teen can also take steps to enhance his or her immune system and to prevent the spread of the disease.
Medicines such as antibiotics, corticosteroids, and medicines to reduce fever.
Oxygen therapy, if you have trouble breathing. To learn more, see Other Treatment.
Supportive care. In the hospital, doctors watch the person
closely and provide care if needed. For example, you may need to drink extra liquids
or get fluids in a vein (IV). To learn more, see Other Treatment.
Most healthy adults who have
recovered from meningitis don't need follow-up care.
But adults who have
other medical problems that make them more likely to have long-term complications or get meningitis again should see their doctors after
Babies and children always need follow-up care
after recovery. They need to be checked for long-term complications such as
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February 15, 2013
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