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Doctor insights on: Meningitis And Strep Throat

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Will strep throat lead to meningitis?

Will strep throat lead to meningitis?

Not usually: The type of stret that causes throat infections rarely goes on to cause meningitis except in people who are immunocompromised. ...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


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Hi, I have strep throat (7 days). My neck and lower part of my head has been stiff the whole time. I have not had a fever at all. Menengitis?

Hi, I have strep throat (7 days). My neck and lower part of my head has been stiff the whole time. I have not had a fever at all. Menengitis?

Not likely: Though it is not likely, if you present to the ER, you might get a lumbar puncture to find out if you have meningitis. Since you have had this stiffness for 7 days and you don't have headache, fever, or change in your mental state, I doubt it's something to worry about. ...Read more

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Had strep now can't touch chin to chest without crying out in pain. Headache at base of neck coughing nonproductive. Meningitis?

Had strep now can't touch chin to chest without crying out in pain. Headache at base of neck coughing nonproductive. Meningitis?

Not a good symptom: In general you need to be evaluated for a retropharygeal abscess and meningitis. rarely does group A strep cause meningitis but these symptoms warrent urgent attention by your primary care doctor ...Read more

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24 hours w/pharyngitis, sore neck shoulders, mild headache comes and goes. Worried about bacterial meningitis doc said don't worry. Get 2nd opinion?

24 hours w/pharyngitis, sore neck shoulders, mild headache comes and goes. Worried about bacterial meningitis doc said don't worry. Get 2nd opinion?

Trust your doctor: Although a 2nd or even 3rd opinion is your right, however what you described goes with pharyngitis, revisit your doctor for another exam if you don't feel good after a day or two, good luck ...Read more

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2 yo with fever cough runny nose two ear infect strep n flu - grabbing neck what are signs of meninjitis? Cvc was normal as well y neck grabbing?

2 yo with fever cough runny nose two ear infect strep n flu - grabbing neck what are signs of meninjitis? Cvc was normal as well y neck grabbing?

Various: There are various signs of meningitis. Pain when moving the neck, lisltlessness, decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity and headaches (of course headaches would not be something a 2 yo would verbalize). Grabbing the front ofbreast the neck could be a sign of a sore throat perhaps due to strep. If you suspect meningitis call your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What does fungal meningitis look like? Does it appear in throat? What are the symptoms? Live on state where there was outbreak. Thank you!

What does fungal meningitis look like? Does it appear in throat? What are the symptoms? Live on state where there was outbreak. Thank you!

Fungal meningitis: There are several fungi that not infrequently cause meningitis. Among these are cryptococcus, coccidiodes, and rarely histoplasma and blastomyces. Without knowing whether you are referring to these or to the patients who received injections of contaminated steroids into their spinal column cannot answer your question very clearly. Meningitis has nothing to do with your throat directly. ...Read more

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Meningitis? Just started having scratchy throat, stuffy nose. Work with 1 year olds all day. They don't have symptoms should I worry?

Meningitis? Just started having scratchy throat, stuffy nose. Work with 1 year olds all day. They don't have symptoms should I worry?

Would rest: More likely viral flu. Meningitis usually presents with stiff neck and headache, not a scratchy throat or stuffy nose.
Unless you are exposed to someone that has meningitis. Depending on the type meningitis can be contagious. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck, sore throat, rash on the back of my neck, and nausea. Do I have meningitis? How do I know?

I have a stiff neck, sore throat, rash on the back of my neck, and nausea. Do I have meningitis? How do I know?

See your doctor: Hi
the only way to know how ill you are is to be assessed in person by a doctor. A stiff neck and rash can be signs of meningitis so you should seek immediate medical attention ...Read more

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How can I tell if it's a flu or meningitis severe sore throat sleepless nights fever don't know how high stiff neck extremely tired?

How can I tell if it's a flu or meningitis severe sore throat sleepless nights fever don't know how high stiff neck extremely tired?

See a doctor: You should go see your doctor. Meningitis is a critical diagnosis and can not be advise what to do in a webpage. Please go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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20 year old female, very tired (may be due to endep) sore throat, headache, weird cloudy feeling in head. Anxiety it's meningitis making me feel worse?

20 year old female, very tired (may be due to endep) sore throat, headache, weird cloudy feeling in head. Anxiety it's meningitis making me feel worse?

Probably not: Meningitis usually causes fever, extremely severe headache (the kind that gets you to the emergency room), and vomiting. Your description doesn't sound like meningitis. Sounds more like a typical virus, compounded by anxiety. If not not improving after 3-5 days, or if worried, see a doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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Can a sore throat be a sign of bacterial meningitis? Doctor just looked at my throat and gave me an antibiotic.

Can a sore throat be a sign of bacterial meningitis? Doctor just looked at my throat and gave me an antibiotic.

Sore throat: By itself, a sore throat is unlikely to indicate meningitis. It usually indicates a virus or GAS. It is likely you would have other symptoms. If you are worried about the possibility, see you doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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I've had a mild sore throat for a few weeks. Then I woke up feeling dizzy and it hasn't gone away all day. Inner ear? Meningitis? What to look for?

I've had a mild sore throat for a few weeks. Then I woke up feeling dizzy and it hasn't gone away all day. Inner ear? Meningitis? What to look for?

See the doctor: You could be dehydrated and feeling dizzy due to that. Get checked out, you might have strep throat and need antibiotics. Meningitis can present in different ways but classically fever, headache, neck pain, vomiting. Does not sound like meningitis but get it checked out. ...Read more

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I woke up with headache achy arms and slight sore throat. My little sister and mom are sick too. Could this be meningitis /meningococcal or just a cold?

Meningitis?: If you had Meningococcal meningitis you would be unlikely to be asking questions. This is a rapidly progressive and devastating illness with a high mortality rate. Sounds like a viral uri. If you develop fever, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and sound, blood spots over your body and you cannot stand up because your blood pressure has fallen, then you might have meningitis. ...Read more

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Back pain from scapula down, sore throat, headache, chills and shivers, mood swings, BUT NO FEVER, is meningitis still a possibility?

Back pain from scapula down, sore throat, headache, chills and shivers, mood swings, BUT NO FEVER, is meningitis still a possibility?

Possibly: Hi. There are many types of meningitis, some of which are not associated with fever. Fortunately, meningitis is rather uncommon. Any neck stiffness? Bothered by looking at bright lights? Cough or night sweats? You should see your doctor. A spinal fluid analysis may be indicated (or not - your doc will advise you on this).It may just be a pharyngitis with muscular back ache. Ask your doc. Good luck ...Read more

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Which strand of meningitis can strep b cause?

Strep B meningitis: Streptococcus b is the strand or cause of this type of meningitis. If an infection is proven by spinal fluid analysis, antibiotic treatment as soon as possible is indicated to lower the risk of complications. ...Read more

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Strep pneumoniae found in blood, had meningitis. Told from sinuses, but lots of blood tests year before. Possible germs from needles/tests caused it?

Strep pneumoniae found in blood, had meningitis. Told from sinuses, but lots of blood tests year before. Possible germs from needles/tests caused it?

No: There is no way a contaminated needle gave you a germ that sat around for a year and then decided to infect you. Once it finds a way in, strep pneumonia will multiply fast enough to make you sick within 24 hrs. The germ is actually carried in the nasal airway at various times in normal people who never get sick from it. ...Read more

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I am 4 weeks out from pneumococcal strep meningitis. It caused a stroke in my cerebellum and hearing loss in my right ear. Looking for suppliment?

I am 4 weeks out from pneumococcal strep meningitis. It caused a stroke in my cerebellum and hearing loss in my right ear. Looking for suppliment?

Faster recovery: I would recommend to see someone skilled to optimize your recovery. If your primary care does not help, look for functional medicine practitioner in your area. Good luck and speedy recovery. Homeopathy might be also of help. ...Read more

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What is the cause of stiffness neck in meningitis?

What is the cause of stiffness neck in meningitis?

Neck stiffness: Because of inflammation the nerves are irritated and that results in severe muscle spasm and neck stiffness ...Read more

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Can a sore neck with no other symptoms signify bacterial meningitis?

Can a sore neck with no other symptoms signify bacterial meningitis?

Meningismus: Is a sign of meningitis. One has an inability to flex the neck forward due to pain and muscle guarding or a tendency to raise up the head when the legs are lifted while reclining. If the pain is experienced while moving the head to the side or back it is probably not due to meningitis. ...Read more

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Threw up this morning no fever now my neck is hurting and I have a headache could this be meningitis ?

Threw up this morning no fever now my neck is hurting and I have a headache could this be meningitis ?

No: No fever a chance of meningitis is very slim. But my question would be why did you throw up that where the answer could be. If you have no explanation, see a doctor. ...Read more

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No headache or fever but neck is so tight I can't bend it to my chest. Sneezed yesterday and had the pain since then. Meningitis?

No headache or fever but neck is so tight I can't bend it to my chest. Sneezed yesterday and had the pain since then. Meningitis?

See your doctor: There are a variety of causes of a stiff neck, but the degree of symptoms suggests you should attend to it promptly. A detailed history and examination is necessary to better understand next steps in workup. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a stiff neck with a cold? Or do I have meningitis? I can touch my chest with my chin. I have no fever or headache

Is it normal to have a stiff neck with a cold? Or do I have meningitis? I can touch my chest with my chin. I have no fever or headache

Meningitis: From what you describe, meninigitis is very unlikely. This is usually accompanied by headache, fever, photo and phonophobia, nausea and vomiting, neck stiffness as determined by a trained observer, alterations in sensorium and neurological function and other signs and symptoms. Since cannot diagnose over the internet if you remain concerned please go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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Next day was worried about meningitis and am trying to blame it on the cleaning I did. Upper back of neck is very sore. Glands or other?

Next day was worried about meningitis and am trying to blame it on the cleaning I did. Upper back of neck is very sore. Glands or other?

Meningitis: Meningititis would be accompanied by a severe headache, fever, nausea or vomiting. Your neck could be sore because of muscle stress or swollen cervical lymph nodes. ...Read more

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I've had a sore/stiff neck since yesterday around this time and have no idea why. I don't have a fever or anything, could it be meningitis?

I've had a sore/stiff neck since yesterday around this time and have no idea why. I don't have a fever or anything, could it be meningitis?

I highly: Doubt it. Meningitis produces a board like rigidity where you cannot bend your neck at all, and there is severe pain. Plus you often have a fever, headache, and are septic ( (very sick))). Still, if your neck pain persists or worsens, see a Dr. ...Read more

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Have slight neck pain when I look down I have pain in my back. Took Advil (ibuprofen) it seems to have taken almost all the pain away. Could this be meningitis?

Probably not: With meningitis, neck pain is severe and is associated with fever, headache, and light-sensitivity. A simple test would be to try to touch your chin to the middle of your chest: it is too painful to do this movement when one has meningitis. Since the Advil (ibuprofen) has resolved your pain, you most likely just have a strained neck muscle. If symptoms change, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why neck stiffness cannot be illicited in infants to diagnose meningitis?

Why neck stiffness cannot be illicited in infants to diagnose meningitis?

Immune system: Infants, especially neonates, still have developing immune systems; the neck stiffness is a manifestation of inflammation, which requires an intact robust immune response. Due to this, many of the classic adult signs of infection are often muted or absent in infant infections. ...Read more

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I have a tight neck, and a headache. Meningitis has what kind of symptoms?

I have a tight neck, and a headache. Meningitis has what kind of symptoms?

Headache, fever: Meningitis presents with headache, fever, stiff neck, and photophobia. Patients are often dehydrated and appear sick. Minor variants of meningitis are common as many viruses have a predilection for the meninges. For example, many common colds have headaches, presumably from the virus's effect on the meninges. The dangerous forms of meningitis are typically severe and progressive. ...Read more

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How do I know if my sore neck is meningitis?

How do I know if my sore neck is meningitis?

The gold standard is: ...spinal tap (Lumbar puncture) Ref: http://www. Emedicinehealth. Com/meningitis_in_adults/page5_em. Htm ...Read more

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How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

Usually until the: Infection has essentially run its course over one to two weeks and the degree of symptoms is very variable. ...Read more

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Would meningitis present with SEVERE headache and neck ache worsening for 6 days, no other symptoms though?

Possible, not likely: These symptoms would be more typical for meningitis if a fever was also present. Meningitis is not so likely without a fever, especially in a younger person. For someone with immune system suppression, a fever may not occur. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more