Meningitis Treatment in Louisville, KY
Since 1948, the board-certified pediatricians at Kaplan Barron Pediatrics has provided comprehensive meningitis treatment to patients in Louisville, KY. We will take the time to diagnose your child’s symptoms and provide the best treatment option available. If you suspect that your child is experiencing symptoms of meningitis, call Kaplan Barron Pediatrics at (502) 452-6337 to schedule an appointment today!
What Is Meningitis?
The thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord are called the meninges. If the meninges is inflamed due to infection or a reaction, meningitis is the result. Although the most common type of meningitis is viral, several different types can be deadly if not treated properly.
Types of Meningitis
While there are many types of meningitis, there are three main classifications:
- Viral Meningitis
- Bacterial Meningitis
- Fungal Meningitis
What Are The Symptoms Of Meningitis?
Fever, Headache, Irritability, Light Sensitivity, Nausea, Vomiting, Lethargy, Sleepiness
Nausea, Vomiting, Light Sensitivity, Altered Mental State
Stiff Neck, Fever, Nausea, Headache, Light Sensitivity, Altered Mental State
What Are Common Causes?
- Viral meningitis: The most common and least severe type of meningitis, this is often caused by viruses like mumps, measles, and influenza. It is spread by close contact to a person with meningitis, or via mosquitoes, fecal matter, or other contamination. It may resolve on its own.
- Bacterial meningitis: While not as common as viral meningitis, this type is very serious and can be deadly, especially if associated with sepsis. Babies are at an increased risk of getting this type. Streptococcus bacteria is one of the consistent causes. Treatment is necessary.
- Fungal meningitis: A very rare type of meningitis that affects the blood and spinal cord, this typically occurs in people with weakened immune systems due to diseases like HIV or cancer. Cryptococcus is the most common cause. Treatment is necessary.
Treatment of Meningitis
The type of treatment you receive will heavily depend on the type of meningitis for which you have been diagnosed. After undergoing samples of blood or cerebrospinal fluid, or a swab of your nose and throat for viral meningitis, your diagnosis will be made.
- If you are experiencing viral meningitis, you should recover on your own within 7 to 10 days. However, if you have a weakened immune system, you may be placed on antiviral medications to fully recover.
- If you are experiencing bacterial meningitis, there are a series of antibiotics that will be given to you. It is important to start these as early as possible.
- If you are experiencing fungal meningitis, you may be admitted to the hospital and given doses of antifungal medications through an IV. However, this will all depend on the severity.
Schedule an Appointment for Meningitis Treatment
Meningitis is a treatable disease but when left untreated can be life-threatening. If your child is displaying symptoms of meningitis, is important that your child receives a diagnoses as soon as possible so that they can get treated before symptoms worsen. For more information about meningitis and how it is treated, please contact Kaplan Barron Pediatrics at (502) 452-6337 today to schedule an appointment.