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.
- Sleepiness or difficulty waking.
- Sensitivity to light.
What were your first meningitis symptoms?
The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion. Septicaemia can occur with or without meningitis.
How do I know if my child has meningitis?
Common signs & symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia in babies and toddlers.
- Fever, cold hands and feet.
- Refusing food and vomiting.
- Fretful, dislike being handled.
- Drowsy, floppy, unresponsive.
- Rapid breathing or grunting.
- Pale, blotchy skin. Spots/rash.
- Unusual cry, moaning.
- Tense, bulging fontanelle (soft spot)
What are the signs of meningitis in adults?
Symptoms of meningitis, septicaemia and meningococcal disease include:
- a high temperature.
- cold hands and feet.
- breathing quickly.
- muscle and joint pain.
- pale, mottled or blotchy skin.
- spots or a rash.
How do I know if my neck pain is meningitis?
Brudzinski’s sign: Your doctor will pull your neck forward slowly. Neck stiffness and involuntary bending of the knees and hips can indicate meningitis. Kernig’s sign: Your doctor will flex your leg at the knee and bend the leg forward at the hip.
Can you survive meningitis without treatment?
In most cases, there is no specific treatment for viral meningitis. Most people who get mild viral meningitis usually recover completely in 7 to 10 days without treatment. Antiviral medicine may help people with meningitis caused by viruses such as herpesvirus and influenza.
What are the first symptoms of viral meningitis?
Viral meningitis usually begins with symptoms of a viral infection, such as fever, a general feeling of illness (malaise), cough, muscle aches, vomiting, loss of appetite, and headache. However, occasionally, people have no symptoms at first.
What to do if you think you have meningitis?
If your doctor thinks you might have meningitis, he or she may collect samples for testing by: swabbing your nose and/or throat, obtaining a stool sample, taking some blood, or. drawing fluid from around your spinal cord.
Can you get meningitis before you have genital symptoms?
Symptoms of meningitis may appear before the genital symptoms, and some people have meningitis but do not have any genital symptoms. After symptoms disappear, HSV-2 remains in the body in a nonactive (dormant) state. That is, it does not cause symptoms. However, it can become active again (reactivate) periodically and cause symptoms.
Can a 1 month old get viral meningitis?
Babies younger than 1 month old and people with weakened immune systems are also more likely to have severe illness. Close contacts of someone with viral meningitis can become infected with the virus that made that person sick. However, these close contacts are not likely to develop meningitis.