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Symptoms

Meningitis is inflammation of the lining around your brain and spinal cord. It can be very serious if not treated quickly.

Symptoms of meningitis include being sick, a headache, a stiff neck and a dislike of bright lights. You may sometimes get a rash.

Meningitis is usually treated with antibiotics in hospital. Treatment should start as soon as possible.

Vaccinations can protect you against some types of meningitis.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of meningitis include being sick, a headache, a stiff neck and a dislike of bright lights. You may sometimes get a rash.

Symptoms of meningitis

Symptoms of meningitis develop suddenly and can include:

These symptoms can appear in any order. You do not always get all the symptoms.

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Meningitis is usually treated with antibiotics in hospital. Treatment should start as soon as possible.

Medical treatments

People with suspected meningitis will usually have tests in hospital to confirm the diagnosis and check whether the condition is the result of a viral or bacterial infection.

Bacterial meningitis usually needs to be treated in hospital for at least a week.

Treatments include:

  • antibiotics given directly into a vein
  • fluids given directly into a vein
  • oxygen through a face mask

Viral meningitis tends to get better on its own within 7 to 10 days and can often be treated at home.

Getting plenty of rest and taking painkillers and anti-sickness medication can help relieve the symptoms in the meantime.

Read more on the NHS website.

Vaccinations can protect you against some types of meningitis.

Read more on the NHS website.