Brain and Nervous System
- Q What are the symptoms of meningitis?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyIf you or a loved one experience the following symptoms, go -- do not wait -- to the emergency room for further evaluation, as meningitis is a deadly disease if not caught early. Fever Headache Stiff neck Nausea Vomiting Photophobia (sensitivity... Full Answer
- Q What causes meningitis?
Meningitis is most often caused by a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection. When such an infection infiltrates the fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain, the membranes in the area, called meninges, become inflammed and begin to swell. In some... Full Answer
- Q Does meningitis affect children differently than adults?
Teens and young adults are at greater risk for meningitis, but the symptoms in children and adults tend to be similar. Infants will typically present a distinct set of symptoms and are more likely to die of the illness due to their newly developing... Full Answer
- Q What are the treatment options for meningitis?
The treatment of meningitis depends on what is causing the infection. Viral meningitis will typically require rest, as it usually resolves on its own within a couple of weeks. Bacterial meningitis, however, is treated with antibiotics specific to the... Full Answer
- Q What is meningitis?
Meningitis usually begins with an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The infection can be bacterial, fungal, or viral, and causes the spinal cord and brain membranes to swell. Viral meningitis typical clears up in a few weeks,... Full Answer