Meningitis is infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). In most cases, meningitis is caused due to bacterial or viral infection. Meningitis is considered as a medical emergency and is an extremely serious type of infection that may result in death or permanent brain damage even if treated. Delay in treatment increases the risk of complications such as brain damage, hearing loss and death.
Consult a doctor if there is one or more of the following symptoms suggestive of some serious medical problem:
If you have high temperature with one or more of the above symptoms, do not ignore them. Consult your doctor immediately. These are some signs and symptoms of meningitis, but many of these symptoms are observed in many other conditions. Your doctor can diagnose the cause of your illness and treat you accordingly.
Consult a doctor immediately if you or any of your loved ones has any of the following symptoms:
Who to consult
Some health professionals, who can be consulted for your symptoms include:
As meningitis is infectious (i.e. it can spread from one person to another), consult your doctor if you have been in contact with an infected person. Contacts of the infected person at risk of infection may be given a dose of antibiotics as a precautionary measure to prevent meningitis.
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