Meningitis : Treatment

The treatment varies according to the different causes of meningitis:

Depending on the cause of meningitis, appropriate drugs are given. The most important part in the treatment is early diagnosis and treatment with the appropriate drugs.

(1) In case of infections, antibiotics are given either orally or intravenously. In case of systemic diseases or those due to medications, toxins etc., treatment is directed towards the cause.

(2) Sometimes steroids are prescribed in severe meningitis. Bacterial meningitis may take several days to few weeks to respond while viral meningitis resolves within few days.

(3) Besides these drugs anticonvulsants and in severe cases mechanical ventilation is also given.

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