Meningitis Treatment, Prevention and Prognosis
When meningitis is suspected, several tests will be taken to determine whether the suspicion is true or not and those tests may include blood work, CT or MRI scans, monitoring of blood electrolytes, and lumbar puncture.
There are a few measures that can be taken as far as prevention goes; vaccination, which will protect in the long term, and antibiotics for short term protection.
The latter are often prescribed as soon as meningitis is suspected without the test results being in yet, in order to reduce the risk of the condition getting worse. It does not protect against infections in the future though.
Depending on the type of meningitis, antibiotics, steroids, or corticosteroids may be given and the severity of the illness will decide if admittance to a hospital is necessary where further, more intensive treatment will be determined.
It is said that viral meningitis may cure on its own, but once you get bacterial meningitis it has to be treated or it can be fatal. After recovering from this disease, there may be some permanent damage such as hearing loss, loss of sensation, weakness, abnormal movements, epilepsy, and learning and behavioral problems.
The only precaution on our part is trying to stay clear from those who are sneezing and coughing and pray that we will be spared from falling victim to this dangerous disease!
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by.