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what are the tests for aseptic meningitis?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Spinal tap: If meningitis is suspected a spinal tap is the only way to be 100 % sure it is aseptic or viral.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is viral meningitis a serious disease?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Hardly: Viral meningitis is usually a self-limiting condition and long-term neurologic sequelae is rare.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes viral meningitis?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
A number of viruses: Fairly common ones are enteroviruses, varicella, and mumps virus.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of viral meningitis?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Viral meningitis: The symptoms are similar to a bacterial meningitis - headache, nausea, vomiting, pain in the eyes from light, stiff neck, and fever. The spinal tap will show the difference between a bacterial and a viral infection, which often is very uncomfortable, but does not require more serious treatments. Some with viral meningitis will need IV fluids, pain medications, and medication for fever.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

Can trichotalumania cause viral meningitis? I started when i was six i'm in my 20s and still can't stop is this normal? Thanks!

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
No: Trichotalumania is a habitual pulling or playing with hair. It cannot cause viral meningitis. It is usually treated with cognitive behavioral techniques or medications to relieve anxiety.
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A 45-year-old female asked:

Can viral meningitis cause a vertebrae to erode?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: This is an infectious process that has nothing to do with the bones of your spine. They may diagnose it with a spinal tap, but that is merely a safe way to get cerebral-spinal fluid.

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