and quite often the victims are children. If you suspect
meningitis then you should take immediate action. There are several
symptoms that parents should be aware of; a fever accompanied by severe
headaches and a rash are two common ones. Being aware and prepared is
vitally important and some browsing the internet brings up some good
information. Your doctor or health professional may also have a
brochure or booklet describing the symptoms.
The rash starts in the form of
red ticks or spots and grows to become blotchy, the way to tell if the
rash is due to meningitis is to press a clear glass on the spot, if the
spot fades then it is the disease.
Other symptoms to look out for
are; delirium, stiff or sore neck, difficulty in rousing and seizures,
Sometimes there is photophobia or a dislike of light and there can be a
difficulty in standing and limb pain.
There is a vaccine available
for one of the forms of the disease and research is continuing to find
one for the others- A O'Sullivan
A red rash that does not fade
could be due to Septicaemia which is also a severe condition.
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