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how does bacterial meningitis stop hearing?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Infects nerves: The hearing nerves can be damaged by the infection leading to deafness.It is , unfortunately not uncommon.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Not easily: The organisms causing this usually live in the back of the nose and throat as normal bacterial populations. They get into the blood stream and enter the subarachnoid space (surrounded by the meninges) though a structure called the choroid plexus. It is an uncommon disease these days since advent of vaccines for the meningococcus, pneumococcus and hemophilus influenzae.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How to diagnose bacterial meningitis without spinal test?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Need Spinal test: You can diagnose meningitis clinically but this won't tell you if it is bacterial or viral. A spinal tap should be done to confirm the diagnosis and for treatment decisions.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long can bacterial meningitis last for?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 24 years experience
Bacterial meningitis: Acute bacterial meningitis usually presents within 24 hours of the start of infection due to the severity of symptoms. Treatment with antibiotics can rapidly clear the bacterial infection, but neurologic sequelae can persist for days to weeks or longer, and in some cases may be permanent.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are treatments for bacterial meningitis?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
TREATMENT/MENINGITIS: Appropriate antibiotics based on blood and cerebrospinal fluid cultires and sensitivities is the treatment but treatment should not wait till the culture results are avalable so if you suspect meningitis start the broader coveragetill results are ready supportive care IV fluids and maitain vital functions, bp, respiration, hydration etc.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

I think I have bacterial meningitis ?

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Dr. William Shaffer
Neurology 17 years experience
ER: If you think you have meningitis, i would go directly to the emergency room.

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