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Can You Have Bacterial Meningitis Without A High Fever
Highly unlikely: The symptoms of meningitis are fever, stiff neck, head ache, altered mental status and in some cases seizures. Viral meningitis is usually milder than bacterial meningitis . It would be very unusual to have bacterial meningitis without a fever. This would only occur in the very elderly or the severely immunosuppressed. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Possibly: I can remember one 8 yo kid that arrived in a coma with low body temperature, low blood pressure & died within hours of Meningococcal meningitis/sepsis. He also showed no increased in white count or other sign of an immune response. That was the exception to the usual presentation with fever, irritability etc for hundreds of cases i treated.Beware the always/never idea for anything. ...Read more
Can you get sepsis without a cough or fever, in other words, can you have an infection that suddenly leads to sepsis without warning symptoms first?
Yes: Meningitis can result from infections of throat, nasal passages and ears. Fevers are not required. There may be rashes due to the bacteria which causes meningitis. Everyone must be careful to watch for the disease - especially in close quarter living (military basic training etc) and can be spread by cough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone were to have a low grade fever from a lupus flare, would antibiotics get rid of the fever?
Yes and No: Uti is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract and is verified by a positive culture. Most utis involve only the bladder/urethra (aka cystitis: urgency, frequency, burning). A more severe infection results when a UTI progresses to involve the kidneys/ureters (aka pyelonephritis: fever, chills, n/v, back pain, sick). Pyelo may or may not be associated with or preceded by cystitis symptoms. ...Read more
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