Meningitis | Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Prevention & Treatment

3. Fungal meningitis

Treatment depends on the immunity status of the patient. Intravenous and oral anti-fungal medications are recommended for all patients. However, the dosage and duration of treatment may change according to each patient with a much longer duration for immunocompromised patients and people living with HIV. Treatment regimen usually takes up to 10 weeks based on the regular testing results and clinical recovery.

During treatment, special measures are performed to keep the patient hydrated and stable. Thus, it is essential to check for blood electrolyte balance and to avoid drug toxicity.

There is not a prophylactic treatment for close contacts of the patient because fungal meningitis does not spread between humans.