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Lyme Meningitis Contagious
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
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
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband has Lyme meningitis he was put on IV antibotic rocephin (ceftriaxone) 14 days. I now there is side effects. Is that treatment very effective?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
18 year-old female with past pseudotumor cerebri and shunt placement, but now has intractable daily headache, emotional lability, slow cognition.....?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Length of meningitis contagiousness? How long is a person afflicted with meningitis contagious to others?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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