Even the mention of the word Meningitis can spark fear into people. It’s an awful disease that can lead to long term complications, and sadly in some cases death. That’s why it’s so important that everyone knows the signs and symptoms – not just first aiders.
Although there are ‘at risk’ groups, meningitis can strike anyone, at any age.
Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges – which are the linings that surround the brain. It can be caused by many things including bacteria, viruses and fungi. Septicaemia is blood poisoning, and it is caused when bacteria enters the bloodstream and multiplies uncontrollably. If meningitis is caused by bacteria, it can cause both meningitis and septicaemia to occur at the same time, which is known as meningococcal disease.
Meningitis Possible Symptoms:
Sign and symptoms are varied, but often appear similar to flu-like symptoms. Symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all.
This short video from our friends at Meningitis Now will take less than two minutes to watch and could save a life. Early recognition of meningitis is essential in limiting the impact of meningitis and increasing the chances of survival.
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- If you’re concerned, don’t waste time – get help immediately. Don’t wait for a rash to appear.
- Recognising early signs and symptoms is difficult, so don’t be afraid to make clear that you are concerned about meningitis.
- If you think you may have recognised early symptoms you can call NHS direct on 111, go to your GP, Accident and Emergency, or dial 999 for an ambulance.
- Trust your instincts, even if the casualty has already seen the doctor.