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

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Dr. Alan Goldsobel
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Goldsobel
Dr. Alan Goldsobel
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

For bacterial meningitis, you can take alternatives to penicillin.
Antibiotics cannot treat meningitis caused by viruses though.

In brief: Yes

For bacterial meningitis, you can take alternatives to penicillin.
Antibiotics cannot treat meningitis caused by viruses though.
Dr. Francine Yep
Dr. Francine Yep
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