How to Recover From Meningitis

Meningitis is a communicable disease that causes inflammation of the fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain. Meningitis can be caused by a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection and the severity of the illness and the mode of treatment differ depending on the type. Bacterial and viral meningitis treatment and recovery typically requires hospital-level care, and fungal meningitis may require long courses of antifungal medications dispensed by a health care professional. Despite the course of treatment, recovery from meningitis is a long process and symptoms may recur until the immune system has fully fought off the disease. Read the following article to learn how to recover from meningitis.


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    Complete the recommended treatment as prescribed by your health care professional.
    • Viral meningitis does not have a known treatment. The immune system is left to fight off the disease which takes approximately 7-to-10 days. However, patients often require hospital-level care for the duration of the illness in order to counteract symptoms and prevent secondary complications.
    • Bacterial meningitis requires close monitoring in the hospital and is usually treated with antibiotics. Kidney dialysis, ventilator assistance and other treatments may be necessary to achieve full recovery.
    • Fungal meningitis is treated with long courses of strong antifungal drugs administered via an IV line.
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    Regain your strength by getting plenty of rest and replenishing lost fluids and nutrients.
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    Gradually resume your usual routine with your doctor's permission. You may still be easily exhausted, so slowly take on 1 or 2 daily activities in order to give your body a chance to fully recuperate.
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    Protect your weakened immune system by avoiding individuals who are ill and highly populated environments.


  • If you believe you have contracted meningitis, contact your health care provider for a proper diagnosis including the testing of blood and spinal fluid.

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Categories: Infectious Diseases | Neurological Disorders