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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

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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How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

Usually until the : Infection has essentially run its course over one to two weeks and the degree of symptoms is very variable. ...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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Please tell me how long it takes for to get over viral meningitis?

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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I spoke to a doctor about my viral meningitis lasting longer than a month he suggested i go back to ER to get hooked up to an IV to get hydrat in brai?

I spoke to a doctor about my viral meningitis lasting longer than a month he suggested i go back to ER to get hooked up to an IV to get hydrat in brai?

Whoa: Here's a possibility -- you may have a spinal fluid leak from the lumbar puncture. I'd get with an anesthesiologist and ask about a blood patch as well. Forgive me if i misunderstood. ...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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What is viral meningitis?

What is viral meningitis?

Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...Read more

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What causes viral meningitis?

What causes viral meningitis?

A number of viruses: Fairly common ones are enteroviruses, varicella, and mumps virus. ...Read more

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What's viral meningitis really?

What's viral meningitis really?

Infection of brain: Viral meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal tissues caused by one of many viral infections, some of which can be treated with anti-viral medication. It is a serious illness but less likely to cause permanent complications or death than bacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis treated?

Acyclovir: The most serious viral infection is herpes. The only available treatment is acyclovir. Certain viral epidemics occur that may be protected by immunization shots. Most viral infections of the brain resolve on their own. Supportive care is the only and best treatment. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis diagnosed?

How is viral meningitis diagnosed?

Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...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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How can viral meningitis be avoided?

Hand-washing: Viral meningitis is spread by fecal-oral contact, which means you can contract it if you touch an object contaminated with the virus. Frequent hand-washing and ensuring that children wear swim diapers in the pool are two good ways to avoid exposure. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis a serious disease?

Hardly: Viral meningitis is usually a self-limiting condition and long-term neurologic sequelae is rare. ...Read more

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How serious is having a viral meningitis?

Depends: Generally viral meningitis is mild and self-limiting, but it depends in part on which virus and your underlying immune status. Not a fun illness to have, but usually recover uneventfully. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Auerbach
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Aseptic Meningitis (Definition)

Aseptic meningitis is a condition caused by a viral infection that results in inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It occurs more often in the summer and fall months. Although aseptic (or viral) meningitis is a serious disease, patients generally recover. There may be no additional symptoms present or individuals may have symptoms of a cold or a rash ...Read more


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