Call us

Meningitis—Facts and Information

Meningitis is a swelling of the delicate membranes, known as meninges, which protect and cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is caused by either a bacterial or viral infection of the surrounding, circulating fluid. In addition to bacterial and viral infection, meningitis can also develop due to injuries, particular drug interactions, cancer, as well as other kinds of infection. Meningitis sufferers will often experience severe headaches, fever, and stiff neck symptoms that are a direct result of the swelling.

Meningitis might, in some cases, improve on its own without treatment, though in other cases it could be life-threatening and require an immediate need for antibiotic therapy. For this reason, meningitis should never be taken lightly. Any signs or symptoms of meningitis require immediate evaluation by a medical doctor.

Some Possible Symptoms

  • Stiff Neck
  • Skin Rashes
  • Severe Headaches
  • Sudden Onset of High Fever
  • Headache with Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty Waking Up
  • Sleepiness
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Feeling Thirsty
  • No Appetite

Types of Meningitis: Overview

As there are many variants of meningitis, it is important to be evaluated by your doctor or emergency medical professional in a hospital to determine the urgency for your treatment. Some types of meningitis can cause sudden death. Seek immediate medical assistance if you think that you could be experiencing any symptoms of meningitis, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has meningitis, or have been in an environment or place where meningitis has been reported.

Types of Meningitis

  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • Viral Meningitis
  • Fungal Meningitis
  • Parasitic Meningitis
  • Amebic Meningitis
  • Non-Infectious Meningitis

The Most Common Types of Bacterial Meningitis: Who's Most at Risk

Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus)

Common in infants and children as well as adults

Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus)

Teenagers and young adults

Haemophilus influenzae (haemophilus)

In the past, children were affected greatly by this strain, fortunately new vaccines have reduced the amount of cases in children.

Listeria monocytogenes (listeria)

Pregnant women, newborns, older adults and people with weak immune systems

Group B Streptococcus

Children and adults

Some Types of Medications Used for Treatment of Meningitis:

  • Antibiotics (for bacterial infections)
  • —Note: Antibiotics are not used in cases of viral meningitis.
  • Seizure Medications
  • Medications for Treating Pressure on the Brain
  • Medications for Treating Fever and/or Muscle Aches

Consultation with Your Doctor

Talk to your doctor about your options for using compounded medications for all your conditions and/or diseases that require medications and drugs. Dosage levels for compounded medications can be precisely controlled which allows your doctor to provide you with the exact amounts needed. Additionally, compounded medications are often easier on the body than big pharmaceutical chain meds. Ask your doctor about the many benefits of compounded medications.

  • "It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know."

    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA