Signs & Symptoms of Meningitis in Adults

Always be aware: meningitis and sepsis can often occur together

  • In most cases someone who develops meningitis or sepsis will become ill very rapidly
  • The symptoms can appear in any order
  • Do not wait for a rash, it is often a late symptom and may never appear at all

Signs & Symptoms in Adults

Meningitis is a disease that can affect people of all ages, not just children. While it is true that adults, particularly those over 65 years old, are at a higher risk, anyone can contract meningitis.

It is important for adults to be aware of this fact, as many do not believe they are at risk at all. Remain vigilant and informed, and always know the signs & symptoms. Remember, meningitis is a disease that can affect anyone, regardless of age.

  • Confused and irritable

  • Drowsy, difficult to wake

  • Fever, cold hands and feet

  • Vomiting

  • Severe

  • Pale, blotchy skin. Spots/rash, see glass test

  • Stiff neck

  • Severe
    muscle pain

  • Convulsions or seizures

  • Dislike to
    bright light

Other Symptoms That May Occur

Delay in passing urine As a guide: all day in adults. 12 hours in babies and young children. Unable to stand unaided

If you are concerned that it could be meningitis or sepsis call 111 or your GP. In an emergency dial 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest accident and emergency.

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