Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. The swelling from meningitis usually triggers symptoms such as sudden head and neck aches, fever and sensitivity to light, and requires immediate medical treatment.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the brain surrounding membranes and the majority of cases of it is caused by a bacterial or viral infection. It can also be caused by a fungal infection. Some cases of meningitis improve in a few weeks without treatment while others can require increasing antibiotic treatment since it can be life-threatening. Early and immediate treatment of bacterial meningitis can prevent serious complications.
An inflammation and infection of the meninges, meningitis usually affects small children, youth and older people with compromised immune systems. It usually begins suddenly with head and neck pains, sensitivity to stimuli (such as light or pain), fever, and nausea.
If red spots appear underneath the skin (normally legs and arms - called petechiae), it is considered an immediate emergency situation. Acute bacterial meningitis is a serious condition that must be treated urgently with antibiotics, which are given intravenously, as well as corticosteroids to reduce the potential complications risk such as seizures and brain swelling as well as to ensure recovery. Doctors may recommend large-spectrum-covering antibiotics until they know the exact reason of the disease. Viral meningitis cannot be cured by antibiotics and most cases improve without treatment in several weeks. Usually, mild cases of the viral meningitis are treated by over-the-counter painkillers to help to relieve the affected person's aches throughout the body and to reduce the fever accompanied by plenty of fluids and bed rest. Doctors may prescribe an anticonvulsant drug so that the seizures can be better controlled and corticosteroids in order to reduce the swelling within the brain. Chronic meningitis is treated according to the underlying cause while antifungal medications are used to treat fungal meningitis when the cause is confirmed by a laboratory.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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