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Can You Have Bacterial Meningitis Without Having A 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 2 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
Could I have bacterial meningitis without fever or vomiting, but with neck pain but not stiff and mild headaches?
If a toddler had bacterial meningitis with a high fever when their fever went down with medicine would they feel better or still be really sick?
With bacterial meningitis is a high fever above 103 always present. Being flu season could sore/stiff neck+headache but no real fever just be the flu?
Possibly: It is possible that your symptoms are all related to the flu. With the flu, you can have headaches and body aches. But if your headache is severe and you have a stuff neck it would be good to get checked out. Meningitis is a serious infection, and it's not the kind of thing that you'd want to 'wait it out' with. ...Read more
Can someone have bacterial meningitis without debilitating synptoms? And not know it, or do u always know u have it because of terrible synptoms?
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