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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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Tender lump at r base of skull developed today history of migrains, shingles twice in six months, and viral meningitis following first episode of shingles?

Tender lump at r base of skull developed today history of migrains, shingles twice in six months, and viral meningitis following first episode of shingles?

Enlarge lymph node: Any lump which is tender, indicate it is inflame, if it is under skin it may be a lymph node. Most likely you have acute inflamed lymph node, in rt base of skull due to any sckertch infection of skin over scalp.

I did not think it is related to your previous condition, but we can answer better after seeing you. ...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

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How serious is having a viral meningitis?

Depends: Generally viral meningitis is mild and self-limiting, but it depends in part on which virus and your underlying immune status. Not a fun illness to have, but usually recover uneventfully. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral meningitis I could notice?

What are the symptoms of viral meningitis I could notice?

See below: Fever, photophobia, stiff neck, irritability, nausea, vomiting etc. See this site for more info.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/meningitis/viral. Html. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis infectious?

Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/meningitis/viral. Html. ...Read more

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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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What are diagnostic tests for viral meningitis?

What are diagnostic tests for viral meningitis?

Spinal Tap: The most important test to diagnose viral meningitis is a spinal tap. The fluid removed can give the answer sometimes immediately after looking at it but the culture will be most important to see if it is viral or bacterial. ...Read more

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Can you get viral meningitis from a beattle bite?

Beattles me: Viruses usually infect through the respiratory tract. This means that you get them through the nose and lungs and then they go to the brain. However, ticks and fleas and mosquitoes can inject the virus directly into your blood stream. I do not know any beetles that do this, but am sure there are some who try. ...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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What are the signs and symptoms of viral meningitis?

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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Please tell me how long it takes for to get over viral meningitis?

Days to weeks: Viral meningitis typically only requires supportive therapy and patients recover after days to weeks. Most viruses responsible for causing meningitis are not amenable to specific treatment and conservative measures such as fluid, bedrest, and analgesics are usually effective. ...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.?

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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What should I do if two kids at school have been diagnosed with viral meningitis, and I don't want to contract this disease?

What should I do if two kids at school have been diagnosed with viral meningitis, and I don't want to contract this disease?

Avoid/vaccine: The short term answer is avoid them until their illness resolves. The longer-term answer is to get vaccinated against the disease. ...Read more

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What causes viral meningitis infection?

Dozens of things: Influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, enterovirus, poliovirus, western equine encephalitis, eastern equin encehaplitis virus, st. Louis encephalitis virus, west nile virus, measles virus and varicella zoster virus just to name a few. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for viral meningitis?

What is the treatment for viral meningitis?

Symptomatic: Most viral meningitis is treated symtomatically (treating the pain, nausea, and vomiting) with the exception of herpes meningoencephalitis which is treated with an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What are the neurological consequences of viral meningitis?

Usually nothing: Usually viral meningitis heals without long-term consequences. Any time the brain and nervous system is inflammed, the pressure can cause pain or even neurological findings - weakness, confusion, numbness, etc. However usually with time, in the case of viral meningitis, these go away when the inflammation goes away. ...Read more

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What is viral meningitis?

What is viral meningitis?

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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What causes viral meningitis?

What causes viral meningitis?

A number of viruses: Fairly common ones are enteroviruses, varicella, and mumps virus. ...Read more

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What's viral meningitis really?

Infection of brain: Viral meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal tissues caused by one of many viral infections, some of which can be treated with anti-viral medication. It is a serious illness but less likely to cause permanent complications or death than bacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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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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Can you get viral meningitis twice?

Yes: One can get viral meningitis more than once. However, in this case, your doctor will likely consider further evaluation like searching for particular viral strains (e.g. Hsv and cmv), search for underlying rheumatologic disorders, blood disorders and immune deficiency. A lot of other types of meningitis can look like viral and should be considered in this case. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis a serious disease?

Hardly: Viral meningitis is usually a self-limiting condition and long-term neurologic sequelae is rare. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...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