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Does viral meningitis take longer to progress than bacterial meningitis? What's the treatment for viral?

Does viral meningitis take longer to progress than bacterial meningitis? What's the treatment for viral?

Watch the patient: No definitive treatment for viral meningitis, "whatever it takes" which means may need hospitalization, IV fluids, (Acyclovir if HSV is the organism), intubation of pt not breathing on his/her own ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Cmv Brain Infection (Definition)

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus member of the Herpes virus family. In immunocompetent people infection is generally asymptomatic or you can have a mononucleosis type syndrome. In immunodeficient people or in young infants, it can cause severe infection, including CMV meningitis, which is an infection of the tissue surrounding the brain or CMV encephalitis, which refers to ...Read more


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Does infection spread through the bloodstream, such as a bacterial infection on ankle can spread to an ear infection?

Does infection spread through the bloodstream, such as a bacterial infection on ankle can spread to an ear infection?

Bacteremia: Infections can spread through the blood stream - when you hear the word "Sepsis" that implies a bacteria is in the blood stream and causing havoc on the body. Could an infection that started in the ankle get into the blood stream? Sure. Once it's in the blood stream could it seed other sites? Sure. If you didn't have high fever and signs of blood infection then I doubt your ear infection is relate ...Read more

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Will a staph infection left untreated for 2 months cause a rare immune disease?

Will a staph infection left untreated for 2 months cause a rare immune disease?

Unlikely: Typically severe, recurrent or unusual infections are the result of an impaired immune system and not the cause of the problem. The most common adult onset immune system problem is called: common variable immune deficiency. Typical infections are recurrent sinus infections, pneumonia, "pink eye" etc. A physician can order a few simple tests to evaluate for immune problems. ...Read more

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Can a long term untreated fungal infection reach the brain?

Can a long term untreated fungal infection reach the brain?

Yes: An expanding fungal infection can reach the brain by eroding bone (from sinuses for example) or via the blood stream (cryptococcosis for example) particularly in the setting of immunodeficiency. ...Read more

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Viral myocardities - is it possible for stem cells to cure this disease?

Viral myocardities - is it possible for stem cells to cure this disease?

Hard to say: Most likely not since this is a viral disorder, but maybe a cardiologist can chime one to see if there is any merit to this. ...Read more

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To cure viral infection, does it depend on our immune system?

To cure viral infection, does it depend on our immune system?

Yes: Our immune system is constantly fighting off invaders . If you already have the antibodies in the system for that particular organism, you will likely recover sooner. That's why you should be sure that your immunization be updated. If your immune system is really abnormally, you may need regular gammaglobulin replacement. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis treated?

How is viral meningitis treated?

Acyclovir: The most serious viral infection is herpes. The only available treatment is acyclovir. Certain viral epidemics occur that may be protected by immunization shots. Most viral infections of the brain resolve on their own. Supportive care is the only and best treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean for immune system to clear HPV infection?Like HSV1, life long latency & recurrent symptoms?Or completely eradicates virus from body?

What does it mean for immune system to clear HPV infection?Like HSV1, life long latency & recurrent symptoms?Or completely eradicates virus from body?

HPV: Usually life long latency. But your body can clear it and for instance abnormal pap smears can normalize over time leading someone to think that the immune system has eradicated the virus ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop sudden cognitive decline from untreated urinary tract infection?

Is it possible to develop sudden cognitive decline from untreated urinary tract infection?

No, ...: Cognitive decline is usually a slow long process in its development resulting from aging or long-term CNS-related drug use. If occurring suddenly, certain recent events affecting CNS such as being chronically ill with sudden dehydration, drug abuse, etc. Untreated UTI should not suffice to cause sudden cognitive decline. Nonetheless, seek timely pro-evaluation, Rx, care, and counseling.... ...Read more

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Any new treatments for CMV brain infection?

Any new treatments for CMV brain infection?

no: Ganciclovir, foscarnet, Cidofovir remain only fda approved treatment. ...Read more

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Cmv retinits and brain infection, what to do?

Cmv retinits and brain infection, what to do?

CMV retinitis/enceph: CMV is a virus that we're infected with usually before adulthood. Once infected it stays latent w/in us ; our immune system keeps it in check. If our immune system is altered (w/hiv, or transplant treated w/meds suppressing immunity) virus reactivates ; causes problems. This is a serious infection that needs specific therapy. You need to see an id specialist. If you havent been, test for hiv. ...Read more

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Why does HIV cause such a devastating infection to the immune system?

Why does HIV cause such a devastating infection to the immune system?

Good question: Because the target of its growth and impairment are elements of our immune system. If you can figure out why and exactly how it does this and evades our immunity you may become very famous and wealthy. ...Read more

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How does sinus infection affect the immune system? Can sinus infection give you coldsores?

How does sinus infection affect the immune system? Can sinus infection give you coldsores?

Complicated: The reasons that herpes simplex reactivates is not known, but almost any form of stress, whether emotional or physical may cause it in some individuals. Yes, sinus and other infections can result in cold sores, although they are not necessarily a direct cause. ...Read more

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Which is more fatal brain swelling or brain palsy? Which can be cured to a good level if swelling is caused by viral encephalitis?

Which is more fatal brain swelling or brain palsy? Which can be cured to a good level if swelling is caused by viral encephalitis?

Encephalitis: Brain swelling or edema is a situation in which inflammation, from infection causes brain tissue to swell. It is possible for the swelling to resolve but the course to normal can be very long due to the effect of the infection. Brain paosy refers to weakness or paralysis of the muscles due to an abnormality of brain function. Either can be fatal and either can resolve. ...Read more

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Tooth infection on antibiotics no improvement chance of septacmia or brain infection?

Tooth infection on antibiotics no improvement chance of septacmia or brain infection?

See your dentist: Any other treatment is a temporary relief. A tooth pain won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head, brain and neck. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Infant plasticity: While an adult with an identical injury may be stuck when injured nerves cannot heal, an infant has better healing powers & may be able to rewire past injured areas.Since their system had not completed adult wiring at the time of injury their "plasticity" makes better healing possible.I have seen some remarkable improvements in kids over the years when many held little hope.Improvement is possible. ...Read more

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How long can you live with sepsis if IV antibiotics can't cure the infection but oral antibiotics are used to slow the spread of infection?

How long can you live with sepsis if IV antibiotics can't cure the infection but oral antibiotics are used to slow the spread of infection?

Maybe forever: If the doctors have switched to oral treatment, the sepsis itself probably is under control or cured. Continuing oral antibiotics probably is intended to cure whatever underlying infection led to sepsis, or keep it suppressed if not cured. The details depend on that underlying infeciton, different for each one: pneumonia, urinary tract, skin, bone, internal abscess, etc. Discuss with doctors. ...Read more

Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. John Landi
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more