Viral meningitis

Viral meningitis is a fairly common condition throughout many areas of the world. It’s rarely a terribly serious condition, especially with modern medicine advancements, although there is no specific cure. It’s caused by an infection in the fluid of the spinal cord, as well as the fluid that surrounds the brain. It’s caused by a quite a few different viruses, generally onset from other diseases, or certain insects, such as a mosquito. It’s known to be pretty uncomfortable and will generally relegate a person to their beds for a few days. Since it usually isn’t particularly serious, a person will overcome the illness in about a week’s time. Although many of the cases are not very serious, if a person feels as if they may have meningitis, they should consult a physician as soon as they can, as the condition can become dangerous when left untreated. Early diagnosis is usually the key to speedy recovery, in most cases.

Symptoms of viral meningitis are categorized by a headache and high fever, as well as a stiff neck. There’s also the possibility that there could be some nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to bright lights, sleepiness, confusion, and a decrease in appetite. These symptoms can develop over a few hours, or it could possibly span the range of one or two days, depending on the age of the person. Normally, viral meningitis is onset after a cold or a runny nose, but this varies from children to adult. In either case, various other symptoms can be a result of the condition.

Viral meningitis is usually caused by many different viruses, but most of which is caused by the common intestinal virus. Usually, those people with the herpes virus are more likely to contract viral meningitis. Children with mumps can also develop the illness, but in many cases, the specific virus isn’t known. The biggest factor people have to consider when they are suspecting viral meningitis is whether it is a bacterial infection, and actually not viral. Bacterial meningitis is a much more serious condition and has even resulted in death for those who have contracted the infection. Since most people cannot tell the difference between the two, when the symptoms of meningitis occur, it’s vital that a person visit a doctor. If treated early, the illness can be treated with various antibiotics.

The virus is spread in many different ways. The most common variety is spread through contact of an infected person’s stool, or children who have not been toilet trained. Also, there is the chance of a person contracting meningitis through sharing the same air, but this chance is one that’s pretty slim. To reduce the chances of becoming infected, the solutions are pretty standard. The basis is all in hygiene. To ensure that a person does not get viral meningitis, the person will need to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently. For people with children, this is doubly important, as many parents contract the illness from their children. Also, being strenuous when it comes to cleaning surfaces will decrease the chances of coming down with meningitis. Also, just like with other viruses, it’s important to avoid the saliva of anyone that may be infected with meningitis – kissing is a common method of transmission and has been called the kissing disease because of it.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for viral meningitis. But, it’s noteworthy to state that the condition generally does not last too long. Just like with any minor infection, bed is generally on the menu. Since antibiotics have no use against viral infections, doctors usually recommend over the counter medicines that will alleviate some of the symptoms along with plenty of fluids and bed rest, just like other viral illnesses.

Last updated on Sep 22nd, 2010 and filed under Neurological Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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  1. ismail says:

    Sir, My niece is about 10 years old. She faced an accident at the age of 5 in which she suffered from head (frontal bone fracture) and leg injury. She recovered from the accident but each year she is caught meningitis with its all symptoms and her eye becomes swollen with headache, high fever, nausea etc. in the early/beginning of winter. Kindly guide me about the disease which is still with her and she has now been affected again. Since its treatment is very expensive to deal it so submitted for your (anyone who reads my request) help, suggestions etc.

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