- Headache, neck stiffness, and light sensitivity are the classic symptoms in older children
Other symptoms may include:
- High fever
- Irritable and refusing to eat
- Laborious breathing or breathing rapidly
- Seizures or hypotonia (body becomes limp)
- Other accompanying symptoms such as sore throat, respiratory symptoms, diarrhea, rash on any part of the body
Signs and symptoms of meningitis in adults
Meningitis imposes life-threatening dangers to adults as well. Symptoms of the disease can progress in as quickly as in a few hours. The classic signs and symptoms that are experienced by toddlers with meningitis also occur in adults, but not always as pronounced or as frequently.
Adults can experience other nonspecific symptoms that may relate to the cause of meningitis such as chills, respiratory symptoms, joint and muscle pain, rashes on the skin.
Signs and symptoms of meningitis in the elderly
- Confused and incoherent
- Stiff neck
If you observe any of these signs and symptoms, it is best to see your doctor immediately.
Meningitis may eventually lead to death when not met with proper treatment and medication. Delayed diagnosis may lead to permanent brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities.
Do not skip vaccines that help prevent meningitis. Good hygiene and a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of being infected. Watch what you eat, and keep your surroundings clean and germ-free. Remember, meningitis is potentially deadly. Trust your instincts and don’t wait for the symptoms to become severe and life-threatening.
The typical signs of meningitis include high fevers, severe headaches, and confusion. Early identification of meningitis is key to ensuring successful treatment.
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