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Can you have bacterial meningitis without having a fever?

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.

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Dr. William Singer
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Can you have bacterial meningitis without fever?

Can you have bacterial meningitis without fever?

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.

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Will there always be a fever if someone has bacterial meningitis?

Will there always be a fever if someone has bacterial meningitis?

Not necessarily: Many people have a fever but it is not a requirement.

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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?

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?

Good sign: The improvement in fever is a good sign, but there still may be a lot of inflammation preset. Speak to her doctor for regular update of her condition.

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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.

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Can someone have bacterial meningitis without debilitating synptoms? And not know it, or do u always know u have it because of terrible synptoms?

Can someone have bacterial meningitis without debilitating synptoms? And not know it, or do u always know u have it because of terrible synptoms?

Bacterial Meningitis: Hi, untreated, undiagnosed bacterial meningitis is generally fatal. The symptoms could be vague in the earliest setting, however the patient becomes rapidly ill and symptomatic. Viral meningitis can also be severe both in symptoms and outcome, yet is much less likely to be fatal, most patients will recover. Anybody with high fever, head and/or neck pains, and any neurological symptoms > er asap.

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How do you get bacterial meningitis?

Infection: Don't know what you are looking for- giving a general answer. Usually infection from other parts of body may spread to the meninges (the layers surrounding the brain). Infection in blood, infection in parts of body adjacent to the brain like ear, nose, sinus etc. And also if the is some form if manipulation of the meninges (shunt, brain surgery, lumbar puncture), it increases the risk.

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How do you get bacterial meningitis?

How do you get bacterial meningitis?

Contagion: Some are from contact with an infected patient such as meningococcal, but some develop secondary to an infection elsewhere in the body, such as lung affected cns.

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How do you catch bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis: Bacterial meningitis is typically acquired from respiratory droplets or oral secretions from another human infected with the bacteria.

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What tests confirm bacterial meningitis?

What tests confirm bacterial meningitis?

Spinal fluid culture: To diagnose bacterial meningitis, typically, a spinal tap is done to remove a small amount of cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain. The fluid is tested for the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, protien, and glucose. Then the fluid is cultured for bacteria which can take up to 3 to 4 days for results. It may also be cultured for viruses and that can take 7 day.

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How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

Not easily: The organisms causing this usually live in the back of the nose and throat as normal bacterial populations. They get into the blood stream and enter the subarachnoid space (surrounded by the meninges) though a structure called the choroid plexus. It is an uncommon disease these days since advent of vaccines for the meningococcus, pneumococcus and hemophilus influenzae.

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How common is bacterial meningitis in the US?

How common is bacterial meningitis in the US?

Meningococcal rates: Approximately 800-1, 500 cases of meningococcal disease occur annually in the United States. Rates are decreasing due to improvement in vaccination programs.

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What are significant signs of acute bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis: Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, alterations in sensorium, neurological deficits, and so on.

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I'm concerned. What symptoms go with bacterial meningitis?

I'm concerned. What symptoms go with bacterial meningitis?

Please see below.: Symptoms of meningitis (bacterial or viral) include severe headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and fever. If you think you may have meningitis, please get checked by your doctor or the er now.

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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