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Your doctor will almost always do a lumbar puncture. This is done by inserting a long, thin needle into the spinal canal. The doctor uses the needle to collect samples of spinal fluid to check for bacteria and viruses.
Other tests that may be done include:
Most people with viral meningitis usually start getting better within 3 days of feeling sick, and they recover within 2 weeks. With mild cases of viral meningitis, you may only need home treatment, including drinking extra fluids and taking medicine for pain and fever. To learn more, see Home Treatment.
Bacterial or severe viral meningitis may require treatment in a hospital, including:
Most healthy adults who have recovered from meningitis don't need follow-up care.
But adults who have other medical problems that make them more likely to have long-term complications or get meningitis again should see their doctors after recovery.
Babies and children always need follow-up care after recovery. They need to be checked for long-term complications such as hearing loss.
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