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I have herpes. Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

I have herpes.  Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

Yes, but ...: Since herpes simplex virus is a cause of viral meningitis, a person with herpes is at some risk for viral meningitis. However, viral meningitis is not common, can be from other viruses, and some people who get herpes meningitis never had herpes sores before. So, a normal person with herpes should not worry too much about meningitis, since his risk is likely similar to the risk everyone else has. ...Read more

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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


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I suffered from viral meningitis but my doctor didn't say anything about a herpes. If i had gotten meningitis from a herpes virus...Would i know?

Maybe: Mollaret's is a viral meningitis that's often the result of meeting genital herpes; it may happen several times. A characteristic cell may show up in the spinal fluid. Your physicain may have considered this. If you do not have herpes elsewhere, this is unlikely. ...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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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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Which mental issues does viral meningitis cause?

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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What is the medical term for viral meningitis?

Viral meningitis: If the exact virus is known or is discovered, the name of the virus may be added. Certain viruses produce distinctive syndromes (lymphocytic choriomeningitis from a mouse virus, mollaret's from herpes or its kin). ...Read more

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How easy is it to spread viral meningitis?

How easy is it to spread viral meningitis?

Meningitis: Causes of bacterial meningitis including strep, neisseria, h flu & viruses like enteroviruses, herpes, & hiv. Bacteria & viruses that cause meningitis colonize the nose & throat & are transmitted through respiratory droplets. Viral meningitis can also be transmitted by fecal-oral routes & insect bites. Usually contacts working within ~3 ft of those with meningitis r considered to be at high risk. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for viral meningitis?

What is the treatment for  viral meningitis?

Symptomatic: Most viral meningitis is treated symtomatically (treating the pain, nausea, and vomiting) with the exception of herpes meningoencephalitis which is treated with an antibiotic. ...Read more

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If one has viral meningitis do they have a a brain damage from meningitis?

If one has viral meningitis do they have a a brain damage from meningitis?

Depends on the type : Of virus and a number of host factors. Viral meningitis by herpes group of viruses may be associated with damage to neural tissue and may result in neurologic defects from involvement of cranial nerves. See this site for more information about meningitis in general. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meningitis/ds00118. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes(meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck and light sensitivity. Causes may be infectious, tumor or chemical irritation. Medical evaluation is indicated ...Read more