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My son is 6 years old and previously had bad viral meningitis. He has been complaining of bright lights hurting his eyes, otherwise he is well with no sickness. Opinions?

My son is 6 years old and previously had bad viral meningitis. He has been complaining of bright lights hurting his eyes, otherwise he is well with no sickness. Opinions?

Photophobia after: Headaches, specifically migraine can produce visual disturbance after a meningitis but, more importantly, was the meningitis severe enough to evaluate for neuronal injury?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more


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Mom has viral meningitis, hospitalized. No fever, nomore red spots on knees or red eyes. Still has severe headaches, stiff neck; low white cells. Help?

Mom has viral meningitis, hospitalized. No fever, nomore red spots on knees or red eyes. Still has severe headaches, stiff neck; low white cells. Help?

Ask her doctor: Viral meningitis presents with headache, sometimes sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, vomiting, fever, stiff neck, malaise, sometimes mental changes and the spinal fluid shows findings which are not compatible with bacterial meningitis. Your mom should get better fairly quickly and be back to full health soon, but if you have questions, ask her doctor.

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Currently admitted to hosp w/viral meningitis; severe head pain not subsiding after 3 days & IV meds. Should I ask docs to do something else?

Currently admitted to hosp w/viral meningitis; severe head pain not subsiding after 3 days & IV meds. Should I ask docs to do something else?

Inflammation: You probably are still having significant inflammation of the surface of the brain or increased intracranial pressure. You need to be more vocal about your symptoms and make sure that your doctors are doing everything they can to address these two issues.

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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.

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Need information about viral meningitis symptoms, could someone help?

Need information about viral meningitis symptoms, could someone help?

FEVER, HEADACHE, NECK: The symptoms of viral meningitis are fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms like cogh and neck stiffnes, congestion, nausea&vomiting.Symptoms are more like the symptoms of influenza and sometimes the diagnosis is missed and patient recovers as no antibiotics are needed recovery is uneventful and complete in most cases.

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What are the symptoms of having viral meningitis, and how is it transferred from one person to another?

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.

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What are the signs and symptoms of viral meningitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of 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.

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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.

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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.

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Is viral meningitis contagious as I'm starting to have same symptoms as my work colleague who has just been diagnosed.?

Viral meningitis: Yes it is. Be sure to see your healthcare provider ASAP. If you are already experiencing headaches, fevers go to ER or urgent care ASAP. Best of luck. Dr R

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My mom was diagnosed with viral meningitis yesterday. She had all the symptoms. What is treatment?

My mom was diagnosed with viral meningitis yesterday. She had all the symptoms. What is treatment?

What's the question?: Viral meningitis presents with headache, sometimes sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, vomiting, fever, stiff neck, malaise, sometimes mental changes and the spinal fluid shows findings which are not compatible with bacterial meningitis. Your mom should get better fairly quickly and be back to full health soon.

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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.

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Been seeing a neurologist who suspects Viral meningitis (said spinal tap unnecessary) CT scan normal. Symptoms persisting after 2 weeks. What next?

Been seeing a neurologist who suspects Viral meningitis (said spinal tap unnecessary) CT scan normal. Symptoms persisting after 2 weeks. What next?

Response: Based upon information provided, must assume if your neurologist was correct, that you should be gradually improving by this point. However, full recovery could take several more weeks. If you have fever, stiff neck, HA, nausea/vomiting, would have f/u visit to re-evaluate.

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What medical problems can viral meningitis lead to?

What medical problems can viral meningitis lead to?

Viral meningitis: Viral meningitis can produce a wide variety of medical problems. Some patients are relatively asymptomatic, whereas others require hospitalization for severe headache, dehydration, altered mental status, and seizures. In severe cases, patients may require intensive care, and can have long term neurologic problems.

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Are you less likely to catch viral meningitis a second time?

No.: There are many different viruses that can cause viral meningitis; having had one of them does not protect against the others.

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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.

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Is it possible to get viral meningitis from a shingles outbreak?

Possibly: A very rare cause of meningitis which occurs in people who are likely immunocompromised.

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


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