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Viral Meningitis Without Fever
How should be viral meningitis treated? ( got headache, fever, neck pain, vomiting, but nothing else)
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
Does contagiousness of viral meningitis go away once fever goes away? My friend just has a runny nose and is otherwise healthy after just having it.
Varies some: There are a variety of causes for viral meningitis & their pattern of contagiousness depends of the virus involved. The most common are enteroviruses, which are usually present in oral secretions during the fever stage & later for up to 6 weeks in the stool. Droplet avoidance/hand washing & antiseptic use is advisable at any stage. ...Read more
When someone is symptom free from viral meningitis, are they no longer contagious? My friend just has a runny nose, otherwise he is fine, no fever.
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
Hospitalized w/viral meningitis 2days ago.Now high fever, red spots have gone but nausea, stiff neck & severe headache remains, is she getting better?
Hard to tell: From the information you have given it is impossible to tell what the actual diagnosis is or how the patient is doing. This should be discussed at length with the treating doctors. ...Read more
Meningitis: Causes of bacterial meningitis including strep, neisseria, h flu & viruses like enteroviruses, herpes, & hiv. Bacteria & viruses that cause meningitis colonize the nose & throat & are transmitted through respiratory droplets. Viral meningitis can also be transmitted by fecal-oral routes & insect bites. Usually contacts working within ~3 ft of those with meningitis r considered to be at high risk. ...Read more
Very few: less than 1% in some reports, but that's dependent on several factors, immune status of the host, age, newborns suffer more, and whether there are complications like spread of infection to the spinal cord/brain itself, again this is rare in an immune competent subject, it is essentially a benign disease, wish you all luck ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
No: Mental status or personality changes can occur during the illness, while recuperating they should usually feel better. ...Read more
Is viral meningitis contagious as I'm starting to have same symptoms as my work colleague who has just been diagnosed. ?
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
Supportive care: Uncomplicated viral meningitis is treated generally as an outpatient with supportive care only such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever and/or pain. Any person showing more severe symptoms, neurologic complications, or other concerning symptom is admitted to the hospital for specific treatments for their complications. ...Read more
Fever, BAD headache: Bacterial meningitis can cause brain damage (with bad outcomes such as deafness, blindness, inability to do everyday activities,..., and possibly death). The routine types of viral meningitis usually resolve by themselves, with the patients returning to normal. There are some less common types of viral meningitis that do cause damage. These are reasons why meningitis is a serious illness. ...Read more
There are multiple possible effects of viral meningitis although in general it tends to be milder than bacterial meningitis. I would suggest that you look at the following article:
" neuropsychological sequelae of bacterial and viral meningitis" by h. Schmidt, b. Heimann, m. Djukic, c.Mazurek, c. Fels, c.-w. Wallesch and r. Nau. From 2006. Available online. ...Read more
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