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i am allergic to penicillin, can other antibiotics be used to treat meningitis?

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Dr. Alan Goldsobel
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Meningitis is a very serious infection requiring close medical attention. Viral meningitis is most common is not treated with antibiotics. If one has bacterial meningitis, this is a medical emergency. If allergic to penicillin, other antibiotics can be used. In certain indications, one can be desensitized to penicillin.
Answered on Mar 30, 2016
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Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: For bacterial meningitis, you can take alternatives to penicillin. Antibiotics cannot treat meningitis caused by viruses though.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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