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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Viral Meningitis (Definition)

Viral meningitis is inflammation of the tissues in the brain and spinal cord that is caused most commonly by enteroviruses. Viral meningitis is not usually as severe as bacterial meningitis and usually resolves without any treatment. However, viral meningitis that is caused by the herpes virus can be life threatening if left untreated. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness, ...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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Currently admitted to hosp w/viral meningitis; severe head pain not subsiding after 3 days & IV meds. Should I ask docs to do something else?

Currently admitted to hosp w/viral meningitis; severe head pain not subsiding after 3 days & IV meds. Should I ask docs to do something else?

Inflammation: You probably are still having significant inflammation of the surface of the brain or increased intracranial pressure. You need to be more vocal about your symptoms and make sure that your doctors are doing everything they can to address these two issues. ...Read more

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What medical problems can viral meningitis lead to?

What medical problems can viral meningitis lead to?

Viral meningitis: Viral meningitis can produce a wide variety of medical problems. Some patients are relatively asymptomatic, whereas others require hospitalization for severe headache, dehydration, altered mental status, and seizures. In severe cases, patients may require intensive care, and can have long term neurologic problems. ...Read more

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Are you less likely to catch viral meningitis a second time?

Are you less likely to catch viral meningitis a second time?

No.: There are many different viruses that can cause viral meningitis; having had one of them does not protect against the others. ...Read more

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Need information about viral meningitis symptoms, could someone help?

Need information about viral meningitis symptoms, could someone help?

FEVER, HEADACHE, NECK: The symptoms of viral meningitis are fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms like cogh and neck stiffnes, congestion, nausea&vomiting. Symptoms are more like the symptoms of influenza and sometimes the diagnosis is missed and patient recovers as no antibiotics are needed
recovery is uneventful and complete in most cases. ...Read more

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How often is viral meningitis diagnosed in college kids?

How often is viral meningitis diagnosed in college kids?

11 per 100, 000: The above stat is quoted as the overall incidence of viral meningitis in various studies with the incidence being the highest in younger children and declining with age. ...Read more

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I contracted west nile virus. Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

I contracted west nile virus. Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

Yes: There is often a encephalitis or meningitis component to this disease. However, in the vast majority of people with disease, there is no neurological symptoms. If you are immunocompromised (very young, very old, have hiv, etc) then you may be more susceptible. If you have fever, headaches, fatigue, malaise, nausea, vomiting, you may be showing central nervous system signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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I had viral meningitis in 2014. Since then I have had issues with anxiety, migraines, balance, speech, and convulsions. Could this be aftermath of it?

Meningitis: Unfortunately there can be complications that occur due to meningitis e.g. seizures, deafness, impaired mental status, depression, f=chronic fatigue, stroke, hearing loss, weakness of some muscles to mention a few. Discuss your symptoms in more detail with your physician. ...Read more

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How long can viral meningitis go undetected for, without collapsing or dying?

How long can viral meningitis go undetected for, without collapsing or dying?

Many self heal: Viral meningitis is rarely deadly. Minor degrees occur sometimes with simple infections like mumps or mono. Most of the enterovirus meningitis will self heal after the persons immune system kicks in. If you have a specific agent in mind you are welcome to ask. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having viral meningitis, and how is it transferred from one person to another?

What are the symptoms of having viral meningitis, and how is it transferred from one person to another?

2 yrs old meningitis: Classic symptoms in two years old are
nausea &vomiting, headache, fever, increase sesitivity to light, altered mental status and confusion, seizure activity, lethargy, neck pain and stiffnass. The symptoms in viral meningitis are milder.
Not all symptoms have to be present in all cases, and they vary from case to case. Viral meningitis is trasfered by close bodily cotact via secretions and touching. ...Read more

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Can you get viral meningitis twice?

Yes: One can get viral meningitis more than once. However, in this case, your doctor will likely consider further evaluation like searching for particular viral strains (e.g. Hsv and cmv), search for underlying rheumatologic disorders, blood disorders and immune deficiency. A lot of other types of meningitis can look like viral and should be considered in this case. ...Read more

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What are diagnostic tests for viral meningitis?

Spinal Tap: The most important test to diagnose viral meningitis is a spinal tap. The fluid removed can give the answer sometimes immediately after looking at it but the culture will be most important to see if it is viral or bacterial. ...Read more

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Which mental issues does viral meningitis cause?

None long-term: Real viral meningitis may be excruciating but it is unlikely to cause damage long-term. Herpes encephalitis is a viral disease of the brain rather than the meninges. Remember that vascular syphilis can masquerade as viral meningitis, as can cryptococcus, and a herpes 2 infection can produce a recurrent viral-type meningitis. ...Read more

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How can a person get or catch viral meningitis?

Meningitis: Viral meningitis is usually a contagious disease with usually close contact with an individual that has had it. It can also occur after a viral infection though that is less common. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how contagious is viral meningitis?

Can you tell me how contagious is viral meningitis?

Quite, but...: The viruses that cause the majority of cases of viral meningitis are actually quite contagious, but does not mean you will get meningitis. You may only get a simple cold when you are exposed to the same virus, or run a bit of a fever and feel fatigued. To go on and actually develop meningitis is quite unusual. SO you may get sick, but not as bad hopefully.... ...Read more

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Is it typical to have personality changes temporarily while recouperating from viral meningitis?

Is it typical to have personality changes temporarily while recouperating from viral meningitis?

No: Mental status or personality changes can occur during the illness, while recuperating they should usually feel better. ...Read more

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Can you get viral meningitis from a beattle bite?

Beattles me: Viruses usually infect through the respiratory tract. This means that you get them through the nose and lungs and then they go to the brain. However, ticks and fleas and mosquitoes can inject the virus directly into your blood stream. I do not know any beetles that do this, but am sure there are some who try. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get over viral meningitis?

Days to weeks: Viral meningitis typically only requires supportive therapy and patients recover after days to weeks. Most viruses responsible for causing meningitis are not amenable to specific treatment and conservative measures such as fluid, bedrest, and analgesics are usually effective. ...Read more

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Can viral meningitis cause a vertebrae to erode?

No: This is an infectious process that has nothing to do with the bones of your spine. They may diagnose it with a spinal tap, but that is merely a safe way to get cerebral-spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what viral meningitis or bacterial l meningitis is?

See below: Both causes severe headache, vomiting, altered mental status, and sometimes seizure. Same condition can be produced by different bacteria or viruses. In general, bacterial meningitis result in more complications including death. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate between bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis?

How can you differentiate between bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis?

Lab work: Blood work and the results of a spinal tap are the definitive way to differentiate between bacterial and viral meningitis. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Dr. Edward Young Jr
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Hand Foot Mouth Disease (Definition)

Disease is caused by an enterovirus such as cocksackie A16 virus. Characteristic lesions are small painful blisters, sores on the palms of hands, soles of feet, mouth and diaper area. Sometimes accompanied with fever, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhea. 3-6 day incubation period from contact to illness. Occurs mainly in children under 10 but can ...Read more