Meningitis is the inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is caused by an infection which can be bacterial, viral, or fungal, and the severity of the meningitis and what is needed to treat it is based on which type of infection you have. Each type will require hospital treatment though viral meningitis can sometimes need no treatment at all. Bacterial meningitis will need intravenous antibiotic treatment, and fungal meningitis will need anti-fungal medication. Though treatment can take some time, it is the recovery afterward that can take the longest. See how you can make it easier for yourself to recover from a bout of meningitis.
1. Complete your Treatment
Viral – this will usually run its course naturally and will leave your body in under 10 days. You will probably need to be in the hospital regardless though to help relieve your symptoms.
Bacterial – It is very important to get treatment asap – this will include hospitalization and intravenous antibiotics. You may need dialysis, breathing assistance, and more to help you recover from all symptoms.
Fungal – Antifungal medication is usually administered via an intravenous line and the course can be long.
You will need to replenish your fluids, eat a balanced diet, and rest a lot to recover from meningitis.
3. Take Things Slowly
You will tire easily for the weeks after a meningitis infection so taking things slowly is highly recommended. Your body needs to fully recuperate before you can go back to your normal day-to-day routine.
4. Stay Healthy
As well as looking after your own health, you should try to improve your immune system by avoiding other sick people. Avoid overly crowded places where germs and bacteria can be in excess so avoid public transport, busy lecture halls, or any other crowded places.
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