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Fungal Meningitis


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. The most common symptoms include a high fever, stiff neck, and headache.



  • Antifungal medicine: This medicine helps kill the fungus causing your infection. Some other medicines cannot be taken with antifungal medicine. Tell your caregiver if you are taking other medicines, vitamins, herbs, or food supplements.
  • 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.

Infection prevention:

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

Contact your infectious disease specialist or primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You think someone in your family has fungal meningitis.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition, medicine, or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 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.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.