Meningitis causes inflammation (swelling) of the membranes, known as meninges, around your brain and spinal cord.
While most cases of meningitis in the United States are caused by a viral infection, bacterial and fungal infections can also cause the condition.
Symptoms of meningitis may include:
- Confusion or difficulty concentrating
- Reduced appetite or thirst
- Sensitivity to light
- Severe headache
- Skin rash
- Sleepiness or difficulty walking
- Stiff neck
- Sudden high fever
Meningitis is a serious condition, and it is important that you receive prompt medical care. If left untreated, the following complications can result:
- Brain damage
- Gait (walking) problems
- Hearing loss
- Kidney failure
- Learning disabilities
- Memory difficulty
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Advanced, specialized care to fight infections. From the latest diagnostic techniques to the newest evidence-based medicines, our infectious disease physicians offer specialized care for many infectious diseases including HIV, cytomegalovirus, fungal infections, mycobacterial infections, and more. We create personalized treatment plans based on the cause of your infection and your health to prevent and fight bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. You’ll have access to expert physicians, more treatment options, and supportive care that focuses on your needs.