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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is meningitis?

Meningitis is inflammation of the fluid and membrane (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord due to bacterial or viral infection, brain injuries, cancer and certain drugs. It is a medical emergency and can result in life-threatening infection in the body (septicemia), and permanent brain and nerve damage.

Symptoms of meningitis

  • Headache worsens when I shake my head quickly

  • Fatigue

  • Eyes are sensitive to bright light

  • Fever

  • My brain is not functioning right now

  • Headache that worsens with light

  • Slurred speech

  • Headache

Questions your doctor may ask to check for meningitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose meningitis

  • Do you feel your headaches get worse when you shake your head quickly from side to side?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you experience pain or discomfort in your eyes when looking at bright lights?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

Treatment for meningitis

Meningitis is a medical emergency requiring prompt treatment in the hospital. Treatment involves fluids, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications injected into the vein. Most patients recover in 7 to 10 days with timely treatment.

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