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60 SECONDS ON Meningitis rash.

Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD

This is a sign of meningitis is caused by blood leaking from broken blood vessels beneath the skin. Unlike other rashes, it doesn't fade when pressed.

It is usually dark red or purple and can appear anywhere on the body.

Often, the main symptom of meningitis is a severe headache as it affects the membranes covering the brain.

These symptoms should also alert you to the possibility of meningitis: a fever, a stiff neck, disliking bright light and, in meningococcal meningitis, the rash of flat, reddish purple spots.

The best way to check a rash you suspect may indicate meningitis is to press a clear glass against it. If the rash is still visible through the glass, then you should seek medical advice immediately

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 12, 2016
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