Viral Meningitis

The viral side

A brief word of the history

Viral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment. It occurs mostly in the summer time. Viral meningitis is an infection of the meninges.

Some pictures of Viral Meningitis

Treatment & Prevention

There is no specific treatment for viral meningitis. Antibiotics do not help viral infections. Most patients completely recover on their own within 7 to 10 days. Hospital stay might be necessary. To prevent this you need to wash your hands thoroughly and often. Clean contaminated surfaces, such as doorknobs, or the TV remote etc. Avoid kissing or sharing a drinking glass, eating utensil, etc. Make sure you and your child are vaccinated. Avoid bites from mosquitoes, and other insects that carry diseases that can infect humans. Control mice and rats.

Signs & Symptoms

Some signs of viral meningitis are nausea, vomiting, photophobia (sensitivity to light), altered mental status. Some symptoms of infants are fever irritability, poor eating, and hard to awaken. The symptoms of viral meningitis usually last 7 to 10 days.