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.
Viral meningitis. The symptoms are similar to a bacterial meningitis - headache, nausea, vomiting, pain in the eyes from light, stiff neck, and fever. The spinal tap will show the difference between a bacterial and a viral infection, which often is very uncomfortable, but does not require more serious treatments. Some with viral meningitis will need IV fluids, pain medications, and medication for fever.

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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...

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...

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...

What are the symptoms of either bacterial or viral meningitis?

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...

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...