How do I know if I have meningococcal meningitis?

Signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease usually start suddenly and include fever, headache, and a stiff neck. It can start with symptoms similar to influenza (flu). Often people with meningococcal disease also have nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, rash, and confusion.

What are the symptoms of chemical meningitis?

Symptoms usually reported as chemical meningitis include headaches, nausea and vomiting, and are more likely to appear on the first injection [28,32].

What are the classic signs of bacterial meningitis?


  • Sudden high fever.
  • Stiff neck.
  • Severe headache that seems different from normal.
  • Headache with nausea or vomiting.
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating.
  • Seizures.
  • Sleepiness or difficulty waking.
  • Sensitivity to light.

How do I know if my baby has meningitis?

Infants with meningitis might have different symptoms. Babies might be cranky, feed poorly, and be sleepy or hard to wake up. It may be hard to comfort them, even when they’re picked up and rocked. They also may have a fever or bulging fontanelle (soft spot on head).

What are the hallmark signs and symptoms of meningococcal meningitis?

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever and chills.
  • Fatigue (feeling tired)
  • Vomiting.
  • Cold hands and feet.
  • Severe aches or pain in the muscles, joints, chest, or abdomen (belly)
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Diarrhea.
  • In the later stages, a dark purple rash (see photos)

When should I worry about meningitis?

You should get medical advice as soon as possible if you’re concerned that you or your child could have meningitis. Trust your instincts and do not wait until a rash develops. Call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest A&E immediately if you think you or your child might be seriously ill.

How long can you have meningitis and not know it?

Symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear just a few hours, though in some cases may appear 1 to 2 days afterwards. Because of this, it is vital to seek treatment immediately if symptoms appear.

What kind of sintomas are rigidez de Cuello?

Infección bacteriana de la membrana que recubre la médula espinal y el cerebro. Los síntomas principales son rigidez en el cuello, dolor de cabeza, confusión y fiebre. Se considera que hay rigidez en el cuello cuando el niño no puede tocar el pecho con la barbilla.

How does meningitis affect the brain and spinal cord?

Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious bacterial infection. It causes the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed.

What to do if you think you have meningitis?

You notice symptoms of meningococcal meningitis. Symptoms do not improve with treatment. You think you have been exposed to meningococcal meningitis. Tests can confirm a diagnosis of meningococcal meningitis. The doctor may start antibiotics, such as penicillin or ceftriaxone, by an IV, or intravenous line.

Which is the most common cause of meningitis?

Bacteria and viruses are the two main causes of meningitis. The bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, also called meningococcus, causes meningococcal meningitis. In children and teens, meningococcus is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis.

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