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Can you please explain the gestation period for bacterial and/or viral meningitis?

Can you please explain the gestation period for bacterial and/or viral meningitis?

Meningitis: It if is a true infection then in both cases the symptoms of a viral or bacterial meningitis are fairly rapid, there are some bacteria that can take longer to be symptomatic meaning up to two to three weeks though this is unusual. Signs and symptoms of meningitis include headaches, vomiting, altered mental status, confusion, speech difficulties among other findings. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Auerbach
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Aseptic Meningitis (Definition)

Aseptic meningitis is a condition caused by a viral infection that results in inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It occurs more often in the summer and fall months. Although aseptic (or viral) meningitis is a serious disease, patients generally recover. There may be no additional symptoms present or individuals may have symptoms of a cold or a rash ...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 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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Is viral meningitis a serious disease?

Hardly: Viral meningitis is usually a self-limiting condition and long-term neurologic sequelae is rare. ...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 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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Are you less likely to catch viral meningitis a second time?

No.: There are many different viruses that can cause viral meningitis; having had one of them does not protect against the others. ...Read more

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Which mental issues does viral meningitis cause?

Which mental issues does viral meningitis cause?

None long-term: Real viral meningitis may be excruciating but it is unlikely to cause damage long-term. Herpes encephalitis is a viral disease of the brain rather than the meninges. Remember that vascular syphilis can masquerade as viral meningitis, as can cryptococcus, and a herpes 2 infection can produce a recurrent viral-type meningitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes(meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck and light sensitivity. Causes may be infectious, tumor or chemical irritation. Medical evaluation is indicated ...Read more