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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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Is is true that viral meningitis is contagious?

Is is true that viral meningitis is contagious?

Yes: Viral meningtitis could be transmitted in a fashion similar to the common cold. The duration of possible transmission varies but averages 7-10 days. It is important to seek medical attention right away if you think you might have viral meningitis. ...Read more

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

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 ...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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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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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

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