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Meningitis: the signs and symptoms

If you think you or someone you know has meningitis, trust your instincts and contact a GP immediately. Credit: PA Images

If you think you or someone you know has meningitis, trust your instincts and contact a GP immediately.

Symptoms:

  • Fever, cold hands and feet
  • Drowsy
  • Muscle pain
  • Severe headache
  • Disliking bright lights
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion and irritability
  • Stiff neck
  • Convulsions/seizures
  • Pale, blotchy skin
  • Spots/rash
Do the glass test if you think you or someone you know has meningitis. Credit: Meningitis Now

A meningitis rash usually starts as small, red pinpricks before spreading and turning into red or purple blotches.

Press the side of a clear glass firmly against the skin and if the rash doesn't fade, seek medical advice right away.

It is important that you don't wait for a rash until getting medical help. Not all cases start with a rash - trust your instincts and contact a medical practitioner.

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