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3) Meningitis rash

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Meningitis rash

If the word meningitis makes you tremble, you’re not alone. Meningitis, especially that caused by bacteria, is one of the most lethal infections unless treated, and urgent diagnosis and treatment are lifesaving in most cases.

Meningitis manifests with many symptoms as headache, nausea, vomiting, blurring of vision, photosensitivity, and seizures. Your doctor will also perform some clinical test called Kernig and Brudzinski, which involves testing how “excitable” your nervous system is, and then may order a CSF examination to obtain a sample from your spinal fluid and check for bacteria and inflammatory cells. One of the commonest bacteria causing meningitis is Neisseria meningitidis or meningococci. In case of meningitis caused by meningococci, a peculiar rash develops. It is theorized that this rash develops due to inflammation of the blood vessels.

The rash starts at the extremities, then advances to cover many parts of the body. In advanced cases, this rash can end in gangrene and loss of the limbs. Meningitis can also cause other severe side effects such as blindness, deafness, paralysis, or death from brain herniation. Rapid administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics such as ceftriaxone is effective in most cases, but your doctor will perform a culture on your CSF to ensure the usage of a suitable antibiotic for your bacterial strain.