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Aseptic meningitis

Meningitis happens when the brain's lining becomes inflamed. This lining is called the meninges. Aseptic meningitis occurs when there are signs of meningitis. However, when a sample of brain fluid is taken, bacteria do not grow. This condition is often treatable. In many cases, recovery takes 7-10 days.

  • Viral infection due to:
  • Enterovirus (eg, Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease; Conjunctivitis)
  • Sexually transmitted disease (eg, herpes, Syphilis, HIV and AIDS)
  • Other viruses, such as West Nile Virus
  • Parasitic infection (eg, Lyme Disease)
  • Mycoplasma (a type of pneumonia)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Fungal infection
  • Bacterial Meningitis that has not been fully treated
  • Certain drugs
  • Autoimmune diseases (eg, Sarcoidosis, Behcet's Disease)

These factors increase the chance of developing aseptic meningitis:

  • Being exposed to someone with a viral illness
  • Working in a daycare or healthcare setting
  • Having a compromised immune system
  • Taking certain drugs (eg, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Being a child or teenager (affects children and teens more often than adults)