WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Viral meningitis is inflammation of the lining that surrounds and protects your brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is caused by a viral infection and can be life-threatening. Viral meningitis is also called aseptic meningitis. The most common symptoms include a high fever, stiff neck, and headache.
- Fever medicine: This medicine lowers your temperature. Common medicines used to lower temperature include acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your infectious disease specialist or primary healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
You should rest as much as possible. A dark, quiet room is best if you have headaches.
- Clean surfaces with soap and water. Disinfect with a solution that includes water and chlorine-containing bleach.
- Completely heat chilled foods before you eat or serve them.
- Discard tissue after you wipe or blow your nose.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Do not share food or drinks.
For more information:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta , GA 30333
Phone: 1- 800 - 232-4636
Web Address: http://www.cdc.gov/
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NIAID Office of Communications & Government Relations
5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9806
Bethesda, MD 20892-9806
For deliveries, use Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 1- 301 - 496-5717
Phone: 1- 866 - 284-4107
Web Address: www3.niaid.nih.gov
Contact your infectious disease specialist or primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You think someone in your family has viral meningitis.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition, medicine, or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You are hard to wake. Tell someone to call 911 if it becomes hard to wake you.
- You have a headache and stiff neck.
- You are confused.
- You have a seizure.
- You have a new red or purple rash.
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