What Is Meningitis?
You probably already know that meningitis is a serious infection -- but what is it, specifically? Meningitis refers to inflammation of the fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain. It is primarily caused by bacterial or viral infections. It can harm or destroy nerve cells and cause bleeding in the brain.
Common meningitis symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stiff neck
- High fever.
Most cases are caused by viral or bacterial infections. Bacterial meningitis can be treated with antibiotics; most people with viral meningitis completely recover on their own.
(For more details on how this condition is treated and what to expect, click Meningitis.)