Meningitis is a disease typically characterized by the inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord and can be caused by a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. Treatment and severity of illness are usually dependent on what type of meningitis one has. Mild cases of the viral strain can usually be recovered from with little to no treatment. Bacterial meningitis typically requires immediate treatment via intravenous antibiotics and more serious forms of viral meningitis is usually treated with intravenous antiviral medicines. Fungal meningitis is usually more serious and may require longer treatment.
No matter what type or what treatment is received, sometimes recovering can be a long process. Symptoms could resurface as the immune system fights off the disease. Below are some steps one can take to ensure they fully recover.
1. Complete the treatment prescribed by your doctor or physician
- Viral meningitis can be typically recovered from without treatment. The immune system usually fights off the disease within 7 to 10 days. However, in some cases, patients are required to stay at hospitals to fight symptoms and to prevent any complications. Sometimes antiviral medicines may be given.
- Bacterial meningitis is more serious than viral because symptoms can develop quickly. This can result in a higher chance of complications occurring. Bacterial meningitis is typically treated immediately upon diagnosis through intravenous antibiotics. Kidney dialysis, ventilator assistance, and other similar treatments may also be used to treat it.
- Fungal meningitis is typically treated through intravenous antifungal medicine. This treatment may be taken throughout a period of time.
2. Get plenty of rest and make sure to take in lots of fluids and healthy nutrients.
- This will help you regain the strength from fighting meningitis.
3. Try and get back to your routine bit by bit upon your doctor or physician’s recommendation.
- You may still experience tiredness from the residual symptoms, so take it slow. It is typically suggested for those that are almost fully recovered to try and go through one or two activities per day at a time. This will give your body a chance to recover fully.
4. Try to avoid going to places that involves a lot of crowds. As well, try and avoid those who are ill — even if it’s just a cold!
- This is because your immune system is weakened while you are fighting the infection. By avoiding crowds and others who are ill, you are lowering your chances of getting more sick and/or another infection that could complicate your illness.
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