What are the treatment options for viral meningitis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Cordia Wan, MD; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Treatment for viral meningitis is mostly supportive. Rest, hydration, antipyretics, and pain or anti-inflammatory medications may be given as needed. The most important decision is whether to initiate antimicrobial therapy empirically for bacterial meningitis while waiting for the cause to be identified. Intravenous (IV) antibiotics should be administered promptly if bacterial meningitis is suspected. [14]


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