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Meningitis Treatment

Meningitis is a potentially life-threatening infection of the Meninges, the tough layer of tissue that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord. If not treated, Meningitis can lead to brain swelling, permanent disability, coma, and even death. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential in Meningitis. Therefore, if a person knows someone with Meningitis they should seek medical attention for them immediately. Below some of the most commonly asked questions about Meningitis treatments are answered by Experts.

If a 50-year-old who had spinal meningitis as a child now has a problem with balance and their legs, is it possible the symptoms are related to the childhood illness?

In most cases, this would unlikely to be related to meningitis as a child.

How long do the symptoms of viral meningitis stay around?

Most generally, the amount of time the cognitive sequelae of this meningitis would vary from case to case in regards to the amount of time it will hang on. Slowing down mental activity would be wise until the person feels more comfortable handling higher levels and more time with activities. Gradual improvement over the next several months should be expected. Taking it slow and easy is the safest way to improve after an experience such as this.

Is sporadic ringing in the ears while lying down related to viral meningitis?

This is known as tinnitus and it is a common feature of meningitis. A hearing test to assess all ranges of the person's hearing would be recommended. Also, there are measures that can be taken to address tinnitus; an Ear Nose and Throat specialist would be the doctor who would best treat this condition.

Could severe stiffness in the middle upper back, shoulders and neck in a person with West Nile Virus be a related to viral meningitis or encephalitis?

Typically, meningitis and encephalitis are not likely involved in this matter, because with meningitis and encephalitis there are certain very classical manifestations, such as: severe headache, fever, vomiting, light bothering the eyes, etc. If the pain that this person is feeling hasn’t subsided in a few days, then the person should get a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the back to look for bulges in the disc etc.

What can be done to prevent meningitis from reoccurring and what causes it?

In most cases, meningitis may be caused by virus, bacteria, fungus, parasites, immune disorders, congenital structural abnormalities, or part of certain inflammatory conditions etc. If it is bacterial then the source of the infection needs to be identified and treated, in order to prevent future occurrences of meningitis. An immunologist might be the best choice to run some tests in order to explore the possibilities of any immunological dysfunctions that might explain any recurrent meningitis. Also, a high protein diet along with adequate vitamins, minerals, fruits, and vegetables will also help in fighting infections. 

Meningitis could be caused by a large variety of things, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, reactions to medication, and environmental toxins. Bacterial and fungal meningitis both require extended hospitalization, however, meningitis caused by viruses can often be treated at home and most generally have a much better outcome. The subject of meningitis treatments can be complex to many people, and will inevitably prompt many more questions that need to be answered by Experts.

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