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A 43-year-old member asked:

what is the treatment for viral meningitis?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randolph Evans
Neurology 43 years experience
Symptomatic: Most viral meningitis is treated symtomatically (treating the pain, nausea, and vomiting) with the exception of herpes meningoencephalitis which is treated with an antibiotic.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Supportive: No specific treatment. Mostly supportive. If due to herpes or chicken pox virus, they may be be treated with specific antiviral agents.

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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?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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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