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Viral Meningitis Feeding Difficulties
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
7yo trachee. Recovering from 6wk viral illness. Still congestion, coughing, notable fatigue. Significant repetitive yawning all day. Concerning?What?
Viral illness: Check with your doctor. What was once a viral illness may now be a secondary infection which needs antibiotics. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.
Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be lethargic, not have much appetite, and may develop low grade liver inflammation. Serious complications are almost entirely related to dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, and acidosis. Often lasts 8-10 days and rarely requires hospitalization. ...Read more
Do unvaccinated children's immune systems strengthen viral infections that are passed to vaccinated children? (Colds or flu)
No: No evidence to support your suspicion.Get a more detailed answer ›
Very much so. : The pain and fever of sinus infection may be associated with a number of similar symptoms to meningitis (an migraine as well). Generally, a clinician can distinguish between the two during an examination. Moreover, the patient with meningitis will typically appear more ill, often be non-ambulatory. Treatment of meningitis is critical. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/sinusitis/pages/symptoms.aspx. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
New agents: New babies are pretected to some degree from the types of viruses the mom developed immunity to in her lifetime. This immunity is transient & passes thru the placenta during pregnancy.It lasts for a few months in most infants.Premis don't get as much as full term babies. If mom never had & developed immunity to a virus, baby will be susceptable. ...Read more
Depends on the virus: The majority of viruses produce mild to moderate symptoms during the illness and rare if any long term complications. However, herpes virus can produce major damage and long term complications (CP,Death).It can occur in the newborn period or later in life with a variable level of intensity.It attacks both the brain coverings (meninges) and the brain substance (encephalitis). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Viral meningitis: Viral meningitis can produce a wide variety of medical problems. Some patients are relatively asymptomatic, whereas others require hospitalization for severe headache, dehydration, altered mental status, and seizures. In severe cases, patients may require intensive care, and can have long term neurologic problems. ...Read more
3yo acute onset tachypnea, wheezing. Given albuterol, wheezing subsided; tachypnea remains. No apparent distress, lethargy, fever, history disease, etc.
Viral Exanthum : The level of contagion drops significantly once a child has been fever free without medications for 24 hours. Viral rashes often take much longer to resolve but should not prohibit school or daycare attendance. An exception would be chickenpox, which should be considered contagious until all lesions are scanned and dry. ...Read more
1yr10months boy; high temperature, convulsions earlier in the day, ear infection, possibly tonsillitis 2. Mild flu; blocked nose, cough. Medication?
Febrile seizures: If he has an ear infection it is due to the mucus which has backed up from the nose. You can help the problem by using salt water nose drops, a vaporizer, and bulb syringe to such up the mucus. Antibiotics such as Amoxil for the ear infection itself. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil for fever control. Warm baths when you see the temp riding rapidly or over 102 to try and prevent future seizuring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can neck pain, general malaise and nausea be only symptoms of bacterial meningitis in adults could vaccinated child pass disease to unvaccinated adult?
Not the only symptom: Bacterial meningitis causes a severe headache and neck ache- not just general malaise and nausea....That sounds more like flu. Viral meningitis can be passed form person to person and bacterial forms that we do not have vaccines for so yes to second part of question- if you have concerns about meningitis that person needs to be seen asap. ...Read more
Feeding difficulties is an umbrella term where any problems in feeding occur. This could be an infant who is not able to suck and swallow appropriate or unable to developmentally move on to advanced/complex food. It can also describe and elderly person who no longer has a desire to eat leading ...Read more
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