Certain medicines, such as antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS)
Factors that may increase the risk of meningitis include:
Health issues or medicine that affects immune system
Being around someone who has been sick
The season—common in the summer and early fall
Working in a daycare or healthcare setting
Symptoms range from mild to severe. You may have:
Fever and chills
Sensitivity to light
Nausea or vomiting
Joint or muscle pain
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. The fluid around the spine and brain will be tested. It will confirm meningitis. Tests of the blood and fluid may be done to look for a cause.
Images of the brain and spine may be taken with the:
Meningococcal disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html. Updated March 13, 2019. Accessed June 18, 2018.
Last reviewed September 2019 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated: 9/13/2019
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