The NeuroMedical Center | Patient Education Library | Meningitis

Meningitis is a swelling of thin membranes called “meninges.” These three layers of tissue cover and protect your brain and your spinal cord. Meningitis is a serious condition and can be life-threatening.


Many things can cause your meninges to become inflamed. Usually, it’s caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Or, you may be infected by a fungus. Meningitis can also be caused by other problems, such as cancer or a reaction to medicine. And, it
can be caused by a head or spine injury.


The symptoms of meningitis can be flu-like. You may have a high fever, a bad headache and a stiff neck. You may feel sleepy. You may lose your desire to eat and drink. You may have nausea or sensitivity to light. As your symptoms progress, you
may have confusion and seizures.


Treatment for meningitis depends on what causes your inflammation. Most cases can be treated with medications to fight infection and to ease your symptoms. Proper care can help you avoid serious complications. Allow the neurological experts at The NeuroMedical Center to design a plan that is right for you.