Which class of antibiotics would be prescribed for someone with bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial Meningitis. Start with intravenous antibiotic with a corticosteroid, & one the type of bacteria is known from cultures, a more specific antibiotic can be started to combat that particular bacteria.

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Can a sore throat be a sign of bacterial meningitis? Doctor just looked at my throat and gave me an antibiotic.

Sore throat. By itself, a sore throat is unlikely to indicate meningitis. It usually indicates a virus or GAS. It is likely you would have other symptoms. If you are worried about the possibility, see you doctor. All the best. Read more...
No. I can't put those two issues together. I assume that you had vital signs taken including a BP, temperature & pulse. I also assume you were together enough during that process to carry on a conversation with the staff and the doc. You did not mention a headache, difficulty thinking or other signs there was even a remote chance of this issue. If you think this doc is wrong, get a 2nd opinion. Read more...

How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

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. Read more...

How do you get bacterial meningitis?

Contagion. Some are from contact with an infected patient such as meningococcal, but some develop secondary to an infection elsewhere in the body, such as lung affected cns. Read more...
Germ + invasion. Your typical meningitis germ can be acquired from contact with an asymptomatic carrier or actual meningitis patient in secretions they leave behind. This includes on objects or surface or through direct contact. Your hands can pick them up, pass them to your face where they can enter the nose or upper airway. They can linger for a while & do nothing or begin to invade & cause you an infection. Read more...

How do you catch bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is typically acquired from respiratory droplets or oral secretions from another human infected with the bacteria. Read more...