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Bacterial Or Viral Meningitis
Bacterial vs. Viral meningitis? What are some of the differences between bacterial and viral meningitis?
Treatment: Both cause inflammation of the meninges or brain covering with intense headaches, neurological symptoms, fever, and stiff nek. Bacterial meningitis tends to be more severe and there are antibiotics that can treat it. Viral meningitis is viral and there are not antibiotics that treat it. That is the briefest difference. ...Read more
Viral meningitis is inflammation of the tissues in the brain and spinal cord that is caused most commonly by enteroviruses. Viral meningitis is not usually as severe as bacterial meningitis and usually resolves without any treatment. However, viral meningitis that is caused by the herpes virus can be life threatening if left untreated. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness, ...Read more
Meningitis: Headache, neck ache going on for more than a month is highly unlikely to be meningitis, which is generally is more acute/has a much more rapid course. YOur problem may be muscular, perhaps you have a cervical spine problem. If ongoing, get it checked. A short trial of an anti-inflammatory may be helpful, too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: It depends on the specific organism. It's usually in the vicinity of 8-24 hours. ...Read more
Meningitis: It if is a true infection then in both cases the symptoms of a viral or bacterial meningitis are fairly rapid, there are some bacteria that can take longer to be symptomatic meaning up to two to three weeks though this is unusual. Signs and symptoms of meningitis include headaches, vomiting, altered mental status, confusion, speech difficulties among other findings. ...Read more
Aseptic meningitis is a condition caused by a viral infection that results in inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It occurs more often in the summer and fall months. Although aseptic (or viral) meningitis is a serious disease, patients generally recover. There may be no additional symptoms present or individuals may have symptoms of a cold or a rash ...Read more
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