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Do You Always Have A Fever With Meningitis
I have a bad cough and chest pain. I don't have a fever. Can you have pneumonia without a fever? Or do you always have a fever?
Yes: First you need to be careful what you are calling the "flu". Many refer to stomach virus causing gastroenteritis as the flu and you may not run much fever with that but the true "flu" is really influenza which is a respiratory disease and almost always causes fever except in the extremely debilitated who may not be able mount much fever in response to a virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breast Infection: No. Of course not.Get a more detailed answer ›
Strep throat sxs: Sxs of strep throat can include: pain of throat; large, red tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue or rash. If you just have a mild sore throat with none of the above - it is more likely that you have a viral infection & may not need a med eval. ...Read more
Myalgia v lymph node: With many viral illnesses, muscle aches (maylgia), incl. neck pain/stiffness is common.Another possibility is that your immune system, in fighting the illness, causes lymph nodes in your neck to swell.This also can cause similar symptoms.If this is common for you, you may try NSAIDS like ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve both the fever & pain.Stay away from aspirin while feverish (Reye's Synd risk) ...Read more
Perhaps: Some milder cases of viral meningitis may be overlooked and thought to be some sort of headache or a migraine event. Most cases of viral meningitis have headache, stiff neck, and fever. There is little question if the problem is caused by bacteria, fungus, tuberculosis, or even carcinomatous meningitis. ...Read more
Depends: I would monitor and see how high it goes, drink a lot of fluids and try to avoid too much activity. If it gets high...Above 101 continuously i would likely go see your physician, but really there is not much they can do or will do for a low grade fever except treat symptoms with otc pain meds, rest, and fluids. ...Read more
If you don't have a spleen due to trauma and you have a ear infection with fever, should you go to hospital?
Not particularly: Ear infections are localized issues and having a spleen or not has little if any significance. Be sure to bring up the general question of what times to be concerned when you visit with your doc. ...Read more
I have pain at base of head, scared about meningitis, would you have a fever with meningitis or encephalitis?
Can you have meningitis without having a fever? My wife seems to hav all the symptoms except having a fever of any sort.
Can you have meningitis with only a mild to moderate fever? I have every other classic symptom and there's a wnv epidemic in my town.
Definitely!: Meningitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses or other agents that can cause inflammation of the layer surrounding your central nervous system called the meninges. Bacterial meningitis is what we typically think of when one experiences a high fever. Other causes such as some viruses, can result in low grade fevers. ...Read more
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
I've had a bad cold with fever but the fevers gone.. My neck has been hurting and my head is just stopped up. It couldn't be meningitis could it?
Unlikely: Not my area of expertise, but here is what i think: you passed through a viral infection (it is the flu season), it is normal to experience neck lymph node swelling and of course to be congested. A definite diagnosis could only be obtained by a spinal tap (cerebral spinal fluid). An old timers rule of thumb is: can you bend your neck so as to touch your chin to chest? If so, fine. & u are mending! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Monday- had a headache and thought i had a fever.
Tuesday- felt better but neck was very stiff
wednesday- neck is still very stiff. Is this meningitis?
Yes: But don't get panicked- get yourself to the emegency department now so you can be evaluated. Given the timing of symptoms and the fact you are not confused, suggests you have a non-bacterial (aka aseptic) meningitis. A lumbar puncture is needed to confirm the diagnosis. If you had the dreaded Meningococcal meningitis, you would have been dead a day ago. ...Read more
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
My family just started cold like symptoms. Tonight my neck is painful and stiff. No fever. Could this be meningitis?
No: If there is no fever, it is extremely unlikely to be bacterial meningitis. People with meningitis will either have a high temp or, in a small percentage, will be hypothermic. I would use moist heat and ibuprofen/naproxen for the neck pain. One of the best ways to prevent meningitis is to get vaccinated. Best of luck, hope ur family feels better soon! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband developed a headache last night that turned into a migraine today and now has a fever. I was wondering if it could be meningitis?
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