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Doctor insights on: How Long Can You Have Symptoms Of Meningitis

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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more


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How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms to appear after exposure to meningitis?

How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms to appear after exposure to meningitis?

48h: Viral meningitides take 48h max. Most are bacterial and much less contagious. If you're worried - go to er and get spinal tap- a safe relatively painless procedure in experienced hands. ...Read more

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How long would it take for meningitis symptoms to start from headache to severe symptoms in a toddler?

How long would it take for meningitis symptoms to start from headache to severe symptoms in a toddler?

Varied: Bacterial meningitis has a very rapid onset from viral like flu symptoms of headache and body ache to more severe symptoms of headache, blurry vision, vomiting, rash in about 6 hours time. Viral meningitis has a slower onset of severity and can be hours to days. ...Read more

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If I had symptoms of bacterial meningitis, how long would I have to live?

If I had symptoms of bacterial meningitis, how long would I have to live?

Meningitis: If you actually have bacterial meningitis the rate of its progression depends upon the organism and the individual who gets it. With fast and effective treatment your chances of fully recovery are good. Without treatment, time to death is again variable. ...Read more

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How long do symptoms of viral meningitis last, and when are you no longer contagious?

How long do symptoms of viral meningitis last, and when are you no longer contagious?

Varies: Most often you are contagious as long as you have fever. So fever free more than 24 hours is a good determination that you are no longer contagious. ...Read more

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How long from the symptoms start in meningococcal meningitis until the person is dead?

How long from the symptoms start in meningococcal meningitis until the person is dead?

Can be rapid: Have seen patients die within two hours of onset of symptoms with Meningococcal meningitis. Bad disease. ...Read more

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When someone is symptom free from viral meningitis, are they no longer contagious? My friend just has a runny nose, otherwise he is fine, no fever.

When someone is symptom free from viral meningitis, are they no longer contagious? My friend just has a runny nose, otherwise he is fine, no fever.

Aseptic meningitis: Usually the patient with viral meningitis becomes contagious for 3-5 days before the onset of symptoms to 7-10 days after the symptoms show up. Runny nose could be sign of allergies. The best way to confirm would be sending nasal swab for viral cultures. ...Read more

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Hi Doc. I suspect that I have meningitis because of the symptoms. But I have no fever and my wbc falls within normal range. Does that rule out meningitis? I feel the symptoms for long time now. Head ache, face numb cheek, stiff neck, numb arms. But i

Hi Doc. I suspect that I have meningitis because of the symptoms.  But I have no fever and my wbc falls within normal range.  Does that rule out meningitis?  I feel the symptoms for long time now.  Head ache, face numb cheek, stiff neck, numb arms.  But i

Cant be for so long: Meningitis is not without fever unless it is part of an auto-immune syndrome. With no fever and with normal white count this is not acute meningitis. This may be an auto-immune condition. You need to see a doctor and have lab work done. ...Read more

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Can you still have symptoms of meningitis 40 years later?

Can you still have symptoms of meningitis 40 years later?

Not acute symptoms: The acute symptoms of meningitis should not be present after so long. However chronic medical problems such as seizures, hearing loss,motor abnormalities, unsteadiness, headaches and cognitive problems may persist for as long as you ask.$ ...Read more

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What are meningitis symptoms?

What are meningitis symptoms?

Meningitis symptoms: Avoiding light due to the pain it causes. Headaches neck pain and stiffness fever nausea vision changes nausea death - [its really really serious]. ...Read more

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Early symptoms of meningitis are what?

Early symptoms of meningitis are what?

Meningitis: Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities, and alterations in sensorium. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of meningitis?

What age?: Generally meningitis presents with fever, sensitivity to light and sound, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, changes in mentation and possibly localizing neurological abnormalities, and alterations in sensorium. ...Read more

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Does meningitis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Fever, chills, headache, nausea and vomiting , stiff neck, alterations in mental status are all quite commonly seen. Acute meningitis is an infectious disease emergency. There are chronic forms of meningitis which do not require as rapid attention, but anybody suspecting this disease should see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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What are long term health effects of meningitis?

Can vary: In most cases, full recovery occurs over a few months, but there could be permanent hearing loss, emotional and cognitive issues, and even epilepsy, depending on the original organism and efficacy of therapy. ...Read more

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Do i need to have all the symptoms of meningitis?

Do i need to have all the symptoms of meningitis?

Meningitis: In short no, but if you have more symptoms the likelihood of you having meningitis increases. The most common symptoms are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light and loud noises. Usually the diagnosis has to be confirmed by specific tests, in particular a lumbar puncture to sample the spinal fluid. ...Read more

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What are the most worrisome symptoms of meningitis?

Menungitis: It's not the symptoms but the disease itself. Meningitis is a medical emergency and must distinguish between viral and. Bacterial (the latter may be life threatening and requires immediate intravenous antibiotics).Immediate hospital evaluation if suspected. ...Read more

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Can meningitis symptoms last for more than 20 days?

Yes: Bacterial meningitis would be fatal before being present 20 days and viral meningitis doesn't generally last that long. There are many causes of chronic meningitis that can cause prolonged symptoms such as fungal meningitis due to cryptococcus or coccidiodomycosis, TB meningitis, sarcoidosis, cancer etc. ...Read more