The effect meningitis has on the body can differ depending upon your age, health, and the severity and cause of the meningitis. In infants, rashes, seizures, vomiting and fever are just some of the physical effects of meningitis. The fontanelles may appear bulging or firm due to increased pressure of the fluid around the brain. The nerves of the eyes or face may be affected, causing an eye to turn in or the face to appear lopsided. In young people and adults, you may see a rise in bodily temperature, increased sensitivity to light, confusion, fever, and tightness in the neck muscles; in some cases, pressure on the brain will cause vomiting or swelling. Meningitis, even when treated, can be a life threatening illness.
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The course of meningitis often depends on your age, general health and the organism causing the infection. The illness can range from mild to severe.
Viral meningitis is more common in the late summer and early fall. It usually doesn't cause serious illness. A visit to the doctor followed by home treatment may be all you need.
You may get better within 2 weeks. But some people may feel lightheaded and tired for several months after the illness.
Bacterial meningitis occurs most often from late winter to early spring. It usually causes serious illness and can be life-threatening. The symptoms usually develop suddenly and last for 2 to 3 weeks. A person with bacterial meningitis is treated with antibiotics in a hospital.
Complications, short-term and long-term, are more common with bacterial than with viral meningitis. People with bacterial meningitis can die if not treated right away. People who are more likely to have these problems include:
- Newborns and young children.
- People with impaired immune systems.
- Older adults with long-term medical problems.
The risk of dying from bacterial meningitis is also higher for adults who:
- Have seizures during the first 24 hours of illness.
- Are in shock or in a coma when admitted to the hospital.
- Can't breathe without help from a machine.
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