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Meningitis is an infection of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the meninges, the membranes that cover and protect the spinal cord and brain. It can be caused by bacteria or a virus. Bacterial meningitis comes on suddenly. Viral meningitis is usually milder than bacterial meningitis and can develop suddenly or over a period of several weeks. Meningitis is a serious disease that can have life-threatening complications.
Dignity Health is here to help, 24/7, offering personal care for meningitis in the Bay Area.
Common symptoms of bacterial and viral meningitis include:
Symptoms of bacterial meningitis tend to be more severe than viral meningitis. Seek medical care if you’ve been around someone who has meningitis or if you have symptoms of meningitis. Bacterial meningitis can progress rapidly and can lead to death within days.
Treatment of all forms of meningitis usually includes:
Additional treatment for bacterial meningitis includes:
Help prevent meningitis by washing your hands regularly and getting a meningococcal vaccine if you are at risk of contracting the disease. Talk to your doctor at Dignity Health for further information.
Dignity Health in the Bay Area offers comprehensive care for all forms of meningitis in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.