What Is Aseptic Meningitis?

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What's to know about aseptic meningitis?

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Aseptic meningitis is the inflammation of the brain and spinal cord's tissues caused by viruses. So it is also called viral meningitis. Aseptic meningitis' symptoms are often less serious than those of bacterial meningitis, which is caused by a bacterial infection. Many patients become healthy again within 2 weeks. Symptoms in adult and children:
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
Symptoms in infants:
  • Frequent crying
  • Fever
  • Difficulty waking up after falling asleep
More than half of the cases are caused by seasonal viruses. Here are these viruses:
  • HIV
  • Mumps
  • Rabies
  • Measles
  • Chickenpox
  • Herpes simplex
This disease is contagious. You can get the disease by contacting with an infected person's saliva or cough. You can also catch it after being bit by a mosquito. Incubation period for the disease is often 2 to 10 days.   Keywords: aseptic meningitis; aseptic meningitis symptom; signs aseptic meningitis; viral meningitis; viral meningitis+; viral meningitis adult; viral meningitis adults; viral meningitis cause; causes viral meningitis; viral meningitis contagious; viral meningitis incubation period; viral meningitis symptom; symptoms viral meningitis; viral meningitis signs symptoms; viral meningitis symptoms
I had meningitis at almost 5 yrs old.  In hospital for 11 days.  Contagious.
My question is .. I was told my spine was curved backwards and my feet almost
touched my head.   I had to learn later to walk again.  Is this viral or bacterial?
I don't know for sure.  Thanks, Annette
Hi Annette, how old are you now, can you walk easily now? It's hard to date back what infections you had at that time without specific results. Did you take lumbar puncture at that time? This examination could provide you some information which can be used to speculate what infections you had.
I am 72 almost.  I did learn to walk back then.  No problems now.   At 46 I had a cerebral shunt put in from hydrocephalus cause not known.  Dr Konecky Wilkes Barre was credited with saving me at 4.  I believe I had a spinal tap.
If you had done this procedure, you should have those records and results in the hospital. But I don't know if you have access to these materials now, since at that time, maybe the information was not put in a electronic medical system. I am curious that why you want to know whether it is viral or bacterial?
Just curious if there is a difference in symptoms for viral vs bacterial.  My sister thinks it was viral but I wanted to verify that.   Could it have been either?  All I know is my Dad years ago said I almost died.  He kept the rosary for me that he prayed with.  Didnt know viral could be so serious.   If no answer, well I tried.  :)
Unfortunately, the symptoms of viral and bacterial meningitis are the same. Symptoms can include: Nausea; Vomiting; Fever; Severe headache; Stiff neck; Irritability; Discomfort looking into bright light; Confusion; Sleepiness; Rash; It is difficult to tell the difference between viral and bacterial meningitis. But usually, the duration of viral disorders is shorter than bacterial disorders.
Thank you for the info.