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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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Saw urgent care doc for HA & neck pain, r/o sinusitis & viral meningitis. Doc told me to rest. Took Flonase for sinus, HA still persist. What do I do?

Saw urgent care doc for HA & neck pain, r/o sinusitis & viral meningitis. Doc told me to rest. Took Flonase for sinus, HA still persist. What do I do?

Headache: would stay for some time if it is sinusitis, Flonase alone might not help, also viral meningitis headache might still be the cause, although with absence of fever is rare, neck pain could be due to pharyngitis as well, you need a second opinion, it's your right and no offense to the first evaluating doctor, diseases change course and evolve with time ...Read more

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I've had a headache and neck ache for over a month? Could this be bacterial or viral meningitis?

I've had a headache and neck ache for over a month? Could this be bacterial or viral meningitis?

Meningitis: Headache, neck ache going on for more than a month is highly unlikely to be meningitis, which is generally is more acute/has a much more rapid course. YOur problem may be muscular, perhaps you have a cervical spine problem. If ongoing, get it checked. A short trial of an anti-inflammatory may be helpful, too. ...Read more

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How should be viral meningitis treated? ( got headache, fever, neck pain, vomiting, but nothing else)

How should be viral meningitis treated? ( got headache, fever, neck pain, vomiting, but nothing else)

Go to hospital now: Viral meningitis can't be diagnosed online so you need to get evaluated immediately to be sure it's nothing worse. Don't wait until your family finds you unconscious. Have them drive you there. ...Read more

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How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

Usually until the : Infection has essentially run its course over one to two weeks and the degree of symptoms is very variable. ...Read more

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Hi, I was just diagnosed with viral meningitis, and just today put my hand to my neck to find a vertical bulge just the right of my spine. What is it?

Hi, I was just diagnosed with viral meningitis, and just today put my hand to my neck to find a vertical bulge just the right of my spine.  What is it?

See below: Hard to fully answer based on information provided, but my thought is the likelihood of a swollen lymph node in neck area, but would also consider sebaceous cyst, unrelated to the meningitis, Needs to be examined directly by your doctor. ...Read more

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Mom has viral meningitis, hospitalized. No fever, nomore red spots on knees or red eyes. Still has severe headaches, stiff neck; low white cells. Help?

Mom has viral meningitis, hospitalized. No fever, nomore red spots on knees or red eyes. Still has severe headaches, stiff neck; low white cells. Help?

Ask her doctor: 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, but if you have questions, ask her doctor. ...Read more

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What medical problems can viral meningitis lead to?

What medical problems can viral meningitis lead to?

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

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Are you less likely to catch viral meningitis a second time?

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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Need information about viral meningitis symptoms, could someone help?

Need information about viral meningitis symptoms, could someone help?

FEVER,HEADACHE,NECK : The symptoms of viral meningitis are fever , headache, upper respiratory symptoms like cogh and neck stiffnes, congestion, nausea&vomiting.Symptoms are more like the symptoms of influenza and sometimes the diagnosis is missed and patient recovers as no antibiotics are needed recovery is uneventful and complete in most cases. ...Read more

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How often is viral meningitis diagnosed in college kids?

How often is viral meningitis diagnosed in college kids?

11 per 100,000: The above stat is quoted as the overall incidence of viral meningitis in various studies with the incidence being the highest in younger children and declining with age. ...Read more

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I contracted west nile virus. Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

I contracted west nile virus.  Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

Yes: There is often a encephalitis or meningitis component to this disease. However, in the vast majority of people with disease, there is no neurological symptoms. If you are immunocompromised (very young, very old, have hiv, etc) then you may be more susceptible. If you have fever, headaches, fatigue, malaise, nausea, vomiting, you may be showing central nervous system signs and symptoms. ...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?

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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Can you get viral meningitis twice?

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

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. M. Hytham Beck
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Throat Swabs Pcr Positive For Virus (Definition)

Pcr (polymerase chain reaction) is a biochemical lab procedure sometimes used to test for a virus you might have. If the test is right, the virus tested really is there :( the test can however, be a false positive (meaning it was positive, but the virus is not really there). Results vary depending on a number of factors. Talk with your pcp about the meaning of your result and ...Read more