Meningitis Caused by a Virus Overview
Another name for Meningitis Caused by a Virus is Viral Meningitis.
What is viral meningitis?
A person with viral meningitis has inflammation of the dura, which is the protective lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is caused by a viral infection. Meningitis can be caused by infection with bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi. Most people recover completely from viral meningitis, while bacterial meningitis can result in death unless it is treated early. About 9,000 people in the US develop viral meningitis each year.
What are the symptoms of viral meningitis?
Initial symptoms of viral meningitis include headache, nausea, neck pain, fever, sensitivity to bright light, and fatigue. Symptoms of worsening viral meningitis may include severe headache, severe neck pain, confusion, excessive sleepiness, and vomiting.
How does the doctor treat viral meningitis?
Treatment for viral meningitis includes rest, plenty of liquids, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever. Additional treatment may include antiviral medication.
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