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How do you treat bacterial meningitis?

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Bacterial meningitis can be life-threatening, and you'll need to stay on antibiotics until the infection goes away, possibly for as long as 2 weeks. Because bacterial meningitis can spread easily to others, you'll probably stay in an isolated room for at least 48 hours.

It can make the eyes sensitive to light, so you may prefer a darkened room. You'll get plenty of liquids and drugs to relieve headache and fever. To keep from getting reinfected, doctors will look for a source of the infection, such as an infected sinus.

From: Diagnosis and Treatment of Meningitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Shmaefsky, B.   Chelsea House Publications, 2004. Meningitis (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics),

Journal of Emergency MedicineStreptococcus pneumoniae : “Marked elevation of cerebrospinal fluid white blood cell count: An unusual case of  meningitis, differential diagnosis, and a brief review of current epidemiology and treatment recommendations.”

Drugs : “Bacterial meningitis in children: Critical review of current concepts.”

Southern Medical Journal : “Clinical Description and Follow-up Investigation of Human West Nile Virus Cases.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Shmaefsky, B.   Chelsea House Publications, 2004. Meningitis (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics),

Journal of Emergency MedicineStreptococcus pneumoniae : “Marked elevation of cerebrospinal fluid white blood cell count: An unusual case of  meningitis, differential diagnosis, and a brief review of current epidemiology and treatment recommendations.”

Drugs : “Bacterial meningitis in children: Critical review of current concepts.”

Southern Medical Journal : “Clinical Description and Follow-up Investigation of Human West Nile Virus Cases.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

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