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Written on 19th September 2017

As part of our Meningitis Awareness week 2017 articles we have put together a list of symptoms to help you spot the illness before it gets worse.

Meningitis doesn’t just present as a rash, click on our symptom checker below and find out more about how to spot the potentially life changing illness.

Other symptoms include…

  • Muscle aches which are severe in nature
  • Extreme temperature or fever with cold hands and feet
  • Neck stiffness
  • Intense nausea and vomiting
  • Coordination, movement and balance problems
  • Seizures/convulsions and fits

Be aware of the glass test

This test allows you to see if there is a possibility that a rash or pin prick spots are a sign of meningococcal septicaemia (the bacteria that can cause both meningitis and septicaemia).

  • Press a clear glass firmly against the affected area of skin
  • The rash or spots may fade at first but unlike a normal rash it does not disappear (or fade altogether)
  • Keep checking the affected area

However… do not wait for a rash. If you or someone you are with is ill, get medical help!

Meningitis Research Foundation – get involved!

We hope that as many people as possible will take this opportunity to get involved and help make a difference. You can visit the Meningitis Research Foundation’s website here for more information about the fun things you can do to take part. These include having a bake sale, holding a quiz night or holding a dress in purple day with funky accessories to raise money and awareness!

Whatever you do, don’t forget to share your photos on social media to spread the word using the hashtag #MeningitisAware.