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I was told that Lyme meningitis isn't contagious through casual contact. Is it contagious through sexual contact or kissing?

I was told that Lyme meningitis isn't contagious through casual contact. Is it contagious through sexual contact or kissing?

No: Lyme disease is not contagious at all. Please be skeptical about the diagnosis. There is a lot of medical literature showing that it is over-diagnosed. Blood tests for it can often be falsely positive, or misinterpreted. Many people claim to be Lyme disease experts. I would trust only a board-certified infectious disease specialist at an academic center to make the rare diagnosis of Lyme in brain. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Both rare: Lyme is from an agent acquired from tick bite. The bite causes a local irritation and then progresses to a more total body invilvement, . Meningitis is very rare. The tick can infect others, but the sick patient is not contagious. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between meningitis and Lyme disease?

How can you distinguish between meningitis and Lyme disease?

Lyme disease can. ..: Cause a so-called aseptic meningitis similar to many viruses. The cerebrospinal fluid changes cannot easily be distinguished from other causes but antibody assays can make the diagnosis of lyme borreliosis. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between meningitis and Lyme disease?

Apples and oranges: Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, uncommon with lyme disease. Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency, can kill in hours. Nervous system can be involved in lyme disease, but less commonly and not acute. ...Read more

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My friend just told me that she is in the hospital with Lyme based meningitis, what exactly is that? Also, my kids (ages 4 yrs & 16 week were around her 4 days ago, should I be worried?

My friend just told me that she is in the hospital with Lyme based meningitis, what exactly is that? Also, my kids (ages 4 yrs & 16 week were around her 4 days ago, should I be worried?

Not transmissible: Lyme meningitis can be part of the secondary stage of lyme disease. It is far less severe than the usual bacterial meningitis. The disease does not transmit from person-to-person. Your children will have no risk. ...Read more

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How is Meningitis from Lyme disease diagnosed? Already have the lyme diagnosis? Past ER note says "likely Lyme Meningitis" but no inflammation on MRI.

How is Meningitis from Lyme disease diagnosed? Already have the lyme diagnosis? Past ER note says "likely Lyme Meningitis" but no inflammation on MRI.

Lumbar puncture: Meningitis is diagnosed classically by sending off cerebrospinal fluid analysis from a lumber puncture when there is a clinical suspicion that a patient has this condition. Lyme meningitis can be diagnosed with specialized testing sent on cerebral spinal fluid often in conjunction with serum testing to confirm the presence of Lyme Disease. ...Read more

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I have lyme meningitis I've been on antibiotics for 10 days I'm sharing a hotel room with my sister. I read I'm still contagious is this true?

I have lyme meningitis I've been on antibiotics for 10 days I'm sharing a hotel room with my sister. I read I'm still contagious is this true?

Is there a tick?: The question is, "How would the infection be transmitted? " Since Lyme disease germs are not transmitted by sneezing, spit, or flying through the air, there would need to be a tick involved. Ticks catch Lyme bacteria by biting an animal infected with Lyme bacteria. You would be that infected animal, and an uninfected tick would have to bite you and get infected... too far-fetched! So, no worries. ...Read more

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Threshold for treating Lyme treated with IV vs po antibiotics? Had bell's palsy, meningitis, locked knees and shooting arm pains, and have doxy. 100 mg b.I.D. For 14 days. I want to avoid a relapse.

Threshold for treating Lyme treated with IV vs po antibiotics? Had bell's palsy, meningitis, locked knees and shooting arm pains, and have doxy. 100 mg b.I.D. For 14 days. I want to avoid a relapse.

Lyme disease: F the disease involves the central nervous system, many treat with an IV antibiotic for 14 to 28 days. Although effective in eliminating infection it may take time to recover entirely. My advice would be for the longer course of treatment, but am conservative. ...Read more

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18 year-old female with past pseudotumor cerebri and shunt placement, but now has intractable daily headache, emotional lability, slow cognition.....?

18 year-old female with past pseudotumor cerebri and shunt placement, but now has intractable daily headache, emotional lability, slow cognition.....?

See your Dr: With your history of a shunt and new onset of headaches, lability, and slow cognition, I would recommend that you be seen by a Dr as soon as possible. If you are unable to get hold of your Dr right away, then go to the ER. ...Read more

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Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Yes: Patients with herpes meningitis should be under contact precautions, as it can be spread like the flu. ...Read more

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Is tuberculous meningitis contagious?

Is tuberculous meningitis contagious?

No: Tuberculosis in any other organ but the lung is not easily transmissible and not considered contagious. On the other hand, tuberculosis in the lungs is very contagious. ...Read more

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How contagious is meningitis? And how is it spread? I am worried my friend might have it and I was around her and massaged her head. Worried

How contagious is meningitis? And how is it spread? I am worried my friend might have it and I was around her and massaged her head. Worried

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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Is meningitis contagious?

Is meningitis contagious?

Yes: Although some types are more contagious than others, the three most common types of bacterial meningitis all have vaccines available to reduce the risk. There are no vaccines for viral meningitis, but fortunately viral meningitis is typically less serious than bacterial. ...Read more

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Length of meningitis contagiousness? How long is a person afflicted with meningitis contagious to others?

Length of meningitis contagiousness? How long is a person afflicted with meningitis contagious to others?

Depends on the cause: Meningitis can be caused by many difference bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even non-infectious causes. The time that you remain contagious depends on the underlying cause of the meningitis. ...Read more

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Is spinal meningitis very contagious?

Is spinal meningitis very contagious?

No: Viral meningitis is an unusual complication of a mild viral illness. Meningococcal meningitis causes epidemics in boot camps and college dorms, but the other bacterial meningitis family members aren't catching. ...Read more

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Is aseptic meningitis contagious?

Maybe, maybe not: Aseptic meningitis is a term usually applied to that process triggered during an infection with a variety of viruses. The dominant group usually causes intestinal issues like cramps or diarrhea, with a fraction of the patients developing meningitis. The germ may pass to someone not immune, but may or may not cause meningitis. ...Read more

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Is bacterial meningitis contagious?

Is bacterial meningitis contagious?

Some types: Meningococcal meningitis can be highly contagious, especially in close quarters, e.g. College dorms, military recruits. Vaccinations recommended, before exposure, contacts get prophylactic antibiotic rx. Others may or not be, depending on the type and how the meningitis was contracted. ...Read more

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How contagious is meningococcal meningitis?

How contagious is meningococcal meningitis?

Somewhat: Overall, the risk to household contacts is 2-4 percent without prophylaxis. Outside the household, risk is smaller but is used when someone was exposed to respiratory secretions. ...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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more