Aseptic meningitis

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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.

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 (e.g., non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Being a child or teenager (affects children and teens more often than adults)