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What is meningitis?

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cartik | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:55 PM via web

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What is meningitis?

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sciencesolve | Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 24, 2013 at 5:31 PM (Answer #4)

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The infection of protective membranes surrounding the brain and the spinal cord is called meningitis. The causes of inflammation of meninges can be viral, bacterial or fungal infections.

The treatment of meningitis depends on the type of meningitis the patient has. The viral meningitis cannot be treated with antibiotic, unless the cause is the herpes virus. Unlike viral meningitis, the bacterial meningitis requests intravenous combination of antibiotics that depends on the type of bacteria identified and cortisone medications.

Allergic meningitis is treated with cortisone medications, while fungal meningitis requests fungal medication that can leads to severe side effects.

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shweta12patel | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:58 AM (Answer #3)

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Meningitis is a bacterial infection covering the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. it is caused by chemical irritation, drug allergies, fungi and tumors.

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