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Doctor insights on: Incubation Period Of Viral Meningitis

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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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Can you please explain the gestation period for bacterial and/or viral meningitis?

Can you please explain the gestation period for bacterial and/or viral meningitis?

Meningitis: It if is a true infection then in both cases the symptoms of a viral or bacterial meningitis are fairly rapid, there are some bacteria that can take longer to be symptomatic meaning up to two to three weeks though this is unusual. Signs and symptoms of meningitis include headaches, vomiting, altered mental status, confusion, speech difficulties among other findings. ...Read more

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Can you get viral meningitis twice?

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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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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How can a person get or catch viral meningitis?

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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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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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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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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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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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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What causes viral meningitis infection?

Dozens of things: Influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, enterovirus, poliovirus, western equine encephalitis, eastern equin encehaplitis virus, st. Louis encephalitis virus, west nile virus, measles virus and varicella zoster virus just to name a few. ...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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How is viral meningitis treated in college kids?

Supportive care: Uncomplicated viral meningitis is treated generally as an outpatient with supportive care only such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever and/or pain. Any person showing more severe symptoms, neurologic complications, or other concerning symptom is admitted to the hospital for specific treatments for their complications. ...Read more

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Can viral meningitis cause a vertebrae to erode?

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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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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What are the neurological consequences of viral meningitis?

Usually nothing: Usually viral meningitis heals without long-term consequences. Any time the brain and nervous system is inflammed, the pressure can cause pain or even neurological findings - weakness, confusion, numbness, etc. However usually with time, in the case of viral meningitis, these go away when the inflammation goes away. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of either bacterial or viral meningitis?

What are the symptoms of either bacterial or viral meningitis?

Fever, BAD headache: Bacterial meningitis can cause brain damage (with bad outcomes such as deafness, blindness, inability to do everyday activities, ..., and possibly death). The routine types of viral meningitis usually resolve by themselves, with the patients returning to normal. There are some less common types of viral meningitis that do cause damage. These are reasons why meningitis is a serious illness. ...Read more

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

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 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 can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

Hygiene: Well...Meningitis is incredibly rare. The best way to prevent viral infections is frequent hand washing and hygiene. Unfortunately, unless you live in complete isolation in a sterile environment, you will get viral infections at some point. ...Read more

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Bacterial vs. Viral meningitis? What are some of the differences between bacterial and viral meningitis?

Bacterial vs. Viral meningitis? What are some of the differences between bacterial and viral meningitis?

Treatment: Both cause inflammation of the meninges or brain covering with intense headaches, neurological symptoms, fever, and stiff nek. Bacterial meningitis tends to be more severe and there are antibiotics that can treat it. Viral meningitis is viral and there are not antibiotics that treat it. That is the briefest difference. ...Read more

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How long does the viral meningitis virus stay in your body? If I feel completely fine after 12 days, does it mean I am cured?

How long does the viral meningitis virus stay in your body? If I feel completely fine after 12 days, does it mean I am cured?

Yes, most likely: Viral meningitis usually lasts from 7-10 days. If she is without symptoms and able to resume her activities without pain or disability, I would say she is cured. ...Read more

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Is it right to give cefozalin, manit, magnesium via IV for viral meningitis? I am in developing country. Doctors not explaining here- can't trust

Questionable.: Cefazolin is a reasonable (but not the first) choice for bacterial meningitis; mannitol for increased intracranial pressure (rare with viral meningitis;) and not sure about magnesium. Need to know more before judging, but this is questionable at least. ...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


Dr. Richard Auerbach
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Aseptic Meningitis (Definition)

There will be no growth on the cerebrospinal fluid culture. This is mostly ...Read more