Symptoms of Viral meningitis
Symptoms of Viral meningitis: Introduction
Symptoms of viral meningitis generally develop about three to seven days after exposure to an enteroviruses virus or other viruses that cause viral meningitis. However, symptoms can develop more quickly in some cases. Symptoms of viral meningitis can also develop after a person has had symptoms of a cold or influenza, such as a runny nose or diarrhea.
The symptoms of viral meningitis can resemble symptoms of other diseases, such as influenza. These symptoms can include fever, headache, and nausea and vomiting. Symptoms in infants can also include irritability, lethargy, unusual drowsiness, and poor feeding. Symptoms in children and adults can include stiff neck, sensitivity to light (photophobia), unusual drowsiness, lethargy, and poor appetite. In some cases, symptoms may be so mild that the disease goes undiagnosed.
Viral meningitis is a serious disease but generally not as serious as bacterial meningitis. People with viral meningitis appear acutely ill and are uncomfortable, but most people will recover within a few days to a few weeks without permanent damage to the nervous system. People at risk for serious complications include those with compromised immune systems due to diseases, such as HIV/AIDS....more about Viral meningitis »
Symptoms of Viral meningitis
The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources
for Viral meningitis includes the 52
symptoms listed below:
- Symptoms of meningitis:
- Possible symptoms of infant meningitis:
- Usually viral meningitis starts suddenly. Babies may have a more gradual illness - refusal to eat, sleepier than usual, and fussy. Babies younger than 18 months may develop a rigid or tender back and extreme fussiness that cannot be consoled. Bulging fontanelle (soft spot) occurs less in viral meningitis and, if it does, is usually a late sign.
- Some viral meningitis results in a rash that may cover most of the body or just the arms and the legs. The rash is red and flat, though it may be raised in some areas. It is not the same as the rash in meningococcal meningitis, which is small, with pinpoint bright red spots covering most of the body.
- Enterovirus meningitis may also cause a sore throat and conjunctivitis.
- General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling (malaise)
- Sore throat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle pain
- Abnormal sensitivity to light (photophobia)
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Viral meningitis: Complications
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- Communicating hydrocephalus
- Acute hydrocephalus (see Brain swelling)
- Long-term neurological sequelae from uncomplicated viral meningitis are rare. Sequelae including seizure disorders, hydrocephalus, sensorineural hearing loss, weakness, paralysis, cranial nerve palsy, learning disabilities, blindness, behavior disorders, and speech delay in children have been reported, especially for infants and young children
- Encephalitis may develop, though this is rare. Infection may last much longer in a person with a depressed immune system
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Wrongly Diagnosed with Viral meningitis?
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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Viral meningitis:
of meningitis may not be the same for every person. The more common
symptoms are fever, severe headache, stiff neck, bright lights hurt the
eyes, drowsiness or confusion, and nausea and vomiting. In babies, the
symptoms are more difficult to identify. They may include fever,
fretfulness or irritability, difficulty in awakening the baby, or the
baby refuses to eat. (Source: excerpt from Viral (Aseptic) Meningitis: DVRD)
Viral meningitis: Onset and Incubation
Onset of Viral meningitis: Can occur as early as infancy.
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attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Viral meningitis.
This signs and symptoms information for Viral meningitis has been gathered from various sources,
may not be fully accurate,
and may not be the full list of Viral meningitis signs or Viral meningitis symptoms.
Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Viral meningitis may vary on an individual basis for each patient.
Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they
are indeed Viral meningitis symptoms.