If you think you or someone you know has meningitis, trust your instincts and contact a GP immediately.
- Fever, cold hands and feet
- Muscle pain
- Severe headache
- Disliking bright lights
- Confusion and irritability
- Stiff neck
- Pale, blotchy skin
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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