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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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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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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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What causes viral meningitis infection?

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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My mom was diagnosed with viral meningitis yesterday. She had all the symptoms. What is treatment?

My mom was diagnosed with viral meningitis yesterday. She had all the symptoms. What is treatment?

What's the question?: Viral meningitis presents with headache, sometimes sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, vomiting, fever, stiff neck, malaise, sometimes mental changes and the spinal fluid shows findings which are not compatible with bacterial meningitis. Your mom should get better fairly quickly and be back to full health soon. ...Read more

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Currently admitted to hosp w/viral meningitis; severe head pain not subsiding after 3 days & IV meds. Should I ask docs to do something else?

Inflammation: You probably are still having significant inflammation of the surface of the brain or increased intracranial pressure. You need to be more vocal about your symptoms and make sure that your doctors are doing everything they can to address these two issues. ...Read more

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I had viral meningitis in 2014. Since then I have had issues with anxiety, migraines, balance, speech, and convulsions. Could this be aftermath of it?

I had viral meningitis in 2014. Since then I have had issues with anxiety, migraines, balance, speech, and convulsions. Could this be aftermath of it?

Meningitis: Unfortunately there can be complications that occur due to meningitis e.g. seizures, deafness, impaired mental status, depression, f=chronic fatigue, stroke, hearing loss, weakness of some muscles to mention a few.Discuss your symptoms in more detail with your physician. ...Read more

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I spoke to a doctor about my viral meningitis lasting longer than a month he suggested i go back to ER to get hooked up to an IV to get hydrat in brai?

Whoa: Here's a possibility -- you may have a spinal fluid leak from the lumbar puncture. I'd get with an anesthesiologist and ask about a blood patch as well. Forgive me if i misunderstood. ...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?

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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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


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