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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


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5 days later with noticeable symptom improvement is it safe to assume that my meningitis is viral?

5 days later with noticeable symptom improvement is it safe to assume that my meningitis is viral?

Viral meningitis: Is miserable and will lead to a painful headache; however, yes, viral tends to improve whenever treated appropriately. Hopefully you have sought care with your doctor. ...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 are the signs and symptoms of viral meningitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of 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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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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What are the symptoms of having viral meningitis, and how is it transferred from one person to another?

What are the symptoms of having viral meningitis, and how is it transferred from one person to another?

2 yrs old meningitis: Classic symptoms in two years old are nausea &vomiting, headache, fever, increase sesitivity to light, altered mental status and confusion, seizure activity, lethargy, neck pain and stiffnass.The symptoms in viral meningitis are milder. Not all symptoms have to be present in all cases, and they vary from case to case.Viral meningitis is trasfered by close bodily cotact via secretions and touching. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis contagious as I'm starting to have same symptoms as my work colleague who has just been diagnosed. ?

Viral meningitis: Yes it is. Be sure to see your healthcare provider ASAP. If you are already experiencing headaches, fevers go to ER or urgent care ASAP. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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How long do symptoms of viral meningitis last, and when are you no longer contagious?

How long do symptoms of viral meningitis last, and when are you no longer contagious?

Varies: Most often you are contagious as long as you have fever. So fever free more than 24 hours is a good determination that you are no longer contagious. ...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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Been seeing a neurologist who suspects Viral meningitis (said spinal tap unnecessary) CT scan normal. Symptoms persisting after 2 weeks. What next?

Been seeing a neurologist who suspects Viral meningitis (said spinal tap unnecessary)  CT scan normal.  Symptoms persisting after 2 weeks.  What next?

Response: Based upon information provided, must assume if your neurologist was correct, that you should be gradually improving by this point. However, full recovery could take several more weeks. If you have fever, stiff neck, HA, nausea/vomiting, would have f/u visit to re-evaluate. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Aseptic meningitis: Usually the patient with viral meningitis becomes contagious for 3-5 days before the onset of symptoms to 7-10 days after the symptoms show up. Runny nose could be sign of allergies. The best way to confirm would be sending nasal swab for viral cultures. ...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?

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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Is viral meningitis infectious?

Is viral meningitis infectious?

Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html. ...Read more

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Can a person get meningitis more than once, my son 27, had it 1 year ago viral, after, i had him vaccinated, what r the chances? He is very worried?

Yes: There is no vaccine for the common viruses that may trigger meningitis.(these generally self heal with minimal injury) there are several for the bacterial infections that are more likely to produce major damage or death. You can get meningitis to other different viruses /paracites/tuberculosis etc that are out there. ...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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