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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. 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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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?

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 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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How can viral meningitis be avoided?

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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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

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What are the symptoms of viral meningitis i could notice?

What are the symptoms of viral meningitis i could notice?

See below: Fever, photophobia, stiff neck, irritability, nausea, vomiting etc. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis infectious?

Is viral meningitis infectious?

Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html. ...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


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