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Call a doctor soon if you think you may have been exposed to meningitis. You can be treated with antibiotics, which may keep you from getting the illness.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment.
Watchful waiting isn't appropriate if you think that you or your child has meningitis, because you can't tell what type of meningitis it may be. Call your doctor as soon as symptoms appear.
The following health professionals can diagnose and treat meningitis:
Specialists may be needed to treat meningitis, especially if complications develop:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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