How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

Hygiene. Well...Meningitis is incredibly rare. The best way to prevent viral infections is frequent hand washing and hygiene. Unfortunately, unless you live in complete isolation in a sterile environment, you will get viral infections at some point.
Reduce exposure. Depending if they have a preference(aka tropism) for tissue found specifically in the central nervous system, a number of viruses can potentially cause meningitis. Though it is impossible to eliminate all chances, you can reduce it with certain viruses that are transmitted by vectors like mosquitoes (west nile, eastern equine encephalitis, dengue) and by safe sex practices/abstinence (hiv, hsv).
Vaccination. Meningitis is becoming more common, although rare, particularly in tight quarters such as college dorms. Meningococcal vaccines protect against most types of meningitis, but they do not prevent all cases.

Related Questions

How long does the viral meningitis virus stay in your body? If I feel completely fine after 12 days, does it mean I am cured?

Yes, most likely. Viral meningitis usually lasts from 7-10 days. If she is without symptoms and able to resume her activities without pain or disability, i would say she is cured. Read more...
Cured. Viral meningitis can last from just a couple days to a couple weeks. No drugs can cure it, your body has to get rid of it. Once you no longer have fever or feel any symptoms, your body has done its job and gotten rid of the virus. Read more...

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

West Nile Virus. In less than 1% of infected people, the virus causes a serious neurological infection. These infections include encephalitis, meningoencephalitis, meningitis, and west nile poliomyelitis. Read more...
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...

I suffered from viral meningitis but my doctor didn't say anything about a herpes. If I had gotten meningitis from a herpes virus...Would I know?

Maybe. Mollaret's is a viral meningitis that's often the result of meeting genital herpes; it may happen several times. A characteristic cell may show up in the spinal fluid. Your physicain may have considered this. If you do not have herpes elsewhere, this is unlikely. Read more...

Can menigitis lead to multiple scerlosis? I have been dealing with a lot of pain since I was 17, I am now almost 25 and it is continuously getting worse. The pain initiated with the onse of viral meningitis at the age of 17. Would the fact that I waited 4

There . There is no link that is known with meningitis and multiple sclerosis. Studies such as an MRI would show if you have lesions consistent with ms, but meningitis would be unlikely to have caused such a condition. I am glad you are getting another opinion so that you can have a complete evaluation. Read more...
No. There is no link between meningitis and multiple sclerosis. It is not clear why you think you have multiple sclerosis. Read more...
Consider these . Unlikely that your pain is due to ms, and you might instead have fibromyalgia, small fiber neuropathy, even complex regional pain syndrome. Seek out a pain specialist and get this pinned down. Good luck. Read more...

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...

How is viral meningitis treated? Does acyclovir tablets help? What can reduces the headache and stop vomiting?

Supportive care. Pain relievers can help w/headache while antiemetics can help w/vomiting. These can be prescribed by doc who diagnosed you w/viral meningitis. Acyclovir will only help if meningitis is due to herpes. Supportive is all that can be done for next several days until symptoms resolve. Read more...
Viral meningitis. Acyclovir is an anti viral that is used to treat herpes simplex encephalitis. It is not helpful for other forms of viral disease. Try treating the headache with ibuprofen, naprosyn (naproxen) or acetaminophen. Ask youir doctor to prescribe a medication to stop your vomiting. Read more...