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Fungal Meningitis

AMBULATORY CARE:

Fungal meningitis

is inflammation of the lining that surrounds and protects your brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is caused by a fungal infection and can be life-threatening.

Common signs and symptoms:

  • A severe headache, stiff neck, and fever
  • Neck pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Eye pain when you look into bright lights
  • Sleepiness or confusion

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

  • You are hard to wake.
  • You have a seizure.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have a headache, stiff neck, and fever.
  • You are confused.
  • You have a seizure.

Call your doctor if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment

may include any of the following:

  • Antifungal medicine helps to kill the fungus causing your infection. You may need to take this medicine for a long period of time. The total time depends on the fungus and how strong your immune system is.
  • Pain medicine may be given. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more pain medicine.
  • Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Read the labels of all other medicines you are using to see if they also contain acetaminophen, or ask your doctor or pharmacist. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly. Do not use more than 4 grams (4,000 milligrams) total of acetaminophen in one day.
  • NSAIDs help decrease swelling and pain or fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Steroids decrease redness, pain, and swelling.

Infection prevention:

  • Discard the tissue after you use it to wipe or blow your nose.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
    Handwashing
  • Do not share food or drinks.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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