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Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Possibly, but...: A bulging fontanel is associated with meningitis. But babies with meningitis have other issues, which may include fevers, poor feeding, lethargy. And bulging fontanel is not only caused by meningitis either. Please see your child's pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more


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What can cause bulging fontanel except meningitis?

Meningitis: Anything causing an increase in the pressure within the skull, such as swelling of the brain, can cause bulging fontanels in infants. ...Read more

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Hi I have a sore spot between two vertebra post meningitis any help?

Hi I have a sore spot between two vertebra post meningitis any help?

Unrelated!: There is not enough information provided Type of meningitis,treatment, the area in question etc but they may not be related ...Read more

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I have a tender spot on head 9 months post bacterial meningitis.does this mean anything?

I have a tender spot on head 9 months post bacterial meningitis.does this mean anything?

Incomplete data: A 'tender spot" doesn't give much to work with. Where on the head? Flat or raised ? Color change of surrounding skin ? History of recent bug bite or trauma? This could be as simple as a swollen lymph node from a bug bite, an abscess forming around an infected hair root, a blood pocket from trauma, and more.When you submit a question, the more data you provide the more likely we can help. ...Read more

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With prev. Question: is it meningitis? I had symptoms of it for three days before the sinus infection symptoms kicked in. Bulging disc a risk factor?

With prev. Question: is it meningitis? I had symptoms of it for three days before the sinus infection symptoms kicked in. Bulging disc a risk factor?

Not enough info: None of the symptoms you describe suggest meningitis. However, if you do have a severely stiff neck, sensitivity to light, fevers and/or mental status changes, go to the er immediately. ...Read more

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I have a sore spot in between vertebra had bacterial meningitis last year could this be related?

I have a sore spot in between vertebra had bacterial meningitis last year could this be related?

Hard to say: The germ for meningitis usually enters through your upper airway/nasal membranes so that is really not a factor.If the spinal tap or taps you had during the illness went through that site, it may have produced a bit of irritation/scaring, but that is the only link I can think of. ...Read more

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Hi, I was just diagnosed with viral meningitis, and just today put my hand to my neck to find a vertical bulge just the right of my spine. What is it?

Hi, I was just diagnosed with viral meningitis, and just today put my hand to my neck to find a vertical bulge just the right of my spine.  What is it?

See below: Hard to fully answer based on information provided, but my thought is the likelihood of a swollen lymph node in neck area, but would also consider sebaceous cyst, unrelated to the meningitis, Needs to be examined directly by your doctor. ...Read more

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What type of meningitis causes you to break out into spots that look like bruises?

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What type of meningitis causes you to break out into spots that look like bruises?

Any bacterial ones: Any bacterial meningitis associated with disseminated intravascular coagulation can present with "bruise, " actually coalesced petechia and purpura. Meningococcemia with meningitis is a good example. ...Read more

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Meningitis in 2916 due to HSV2 onset. Rapid decline in health.now my tongue is white w/ red spots scraping does not remove what could this be? No pain

Meningitis in 2916 due to HSV2 onset. Rapid decline in health.now my tongue is white w/ red spots scraping does not remove what could this be? No pain

HealthTap Prime b/c: ... we need more information. Something isn't right. 1st, HSV causes encephalitis (or meningoencephalitis), not meningitis (unless there's repeated infections - Mollaret's meningitis). 2nd, HSV-1 causes the vast majority of HSV encephalitis; HSV-2 causing it is uncommon. HSV-1 is commonly found in the mouth & can cause cold sores. About 1/2 of pts are older than 50. None of this fits. Use HT Prime ...Read more

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I had chicken pocks when i wad younger. I'm 18 and have lots of spots on my arms and back which is abnormal for me. Could it be meningitis or sepsis?

I had chicken pocks when i wad younger. I'm 18 and have lots of spots on my arms and back which is abnormal for me. Could it be meningitis or sepsis?

Spots: If you had sepsis or meningitis you would be very sick. Since you dont give us a description of the spots it is difficult to say what the cause of the spots are. It could be anything from a fungal infection to a bacterial skin infection. ...Read more

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Hospitalized w/viral meningitis 2days ago.Now high fever, red spots have gone but nausea, stiff neck & severe headache remains, is she getting better?

Hospitalized w/viral meningitis 2days ago.Now high fever, red spots have gone but nausea, stiff neck & severe headache remains, is she getting better?

Hard to tell: From the information you have given it is impossible to tell what the actual diagnosis is or how the patient is doing. This should be discussed at length with the treating doctors. ...Read more