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What is Meningitis and how do you treat it?

viral meningitis

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membrane that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord called the meninges hence the name of the illness. Viral Meningitis can affect anyone but is most common in teenagers, younger children and young adults.  It is a very serious illness if not spotted and treated quickly, can be life-threatening and result in permanent damage to the brain or the nervous system. If you want to have the Meningitis vaccination in Sydenham then contact Touchwood Pharmacy for more information and appointments. We also offer the Meningitis vaccination in Streatham.

How do you treat Meningitis?

Some Meningitis strains can be protected against using vaccination but not all of them so the vaccine only offers a partial defence. A suspected case of Meningitis will usually require hospitalisation to confirm the diagnosis and to establish whether the infection is viral or bacterial in origin. Treatment for bacterial meningitis will include antibiotics administered directly into a vein, fluids given in the same way and oxygen via a face mask. Viral meningitis tends to be less serious and can be treated at home.

What are the symptoms of Meningitis?

The symptoms of Meningitis are easily confused with other illnesses so it is important to be aware of some of the more specific signs which can indicate Meningitis:

  • a high temperature, 38 degrees or above
  • vomiting
  • a bad headache
  •  a skin rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it, this is called the
    Meningitis rash test
  •  a stiff neck
  •  sensitivity to or dislike of bright lights
  •  unresponsiveness, lack of awareness

Some of the symptoms of Meningitis are unique but not every person has the classic symptoms or even all the symptoms.  Any suggestion of Meningitis should always be quickly referred to a medical professional.  Prompt medical intervention is crucial to minimise any long-term damage or complications.

If you are looking for the Meningitis vaccination in Streatham or Sydenham then contact Touchwood Pharmacy for appointments and advice.