There is often a misconception, that only young people can suffer from meningitis. The reality is, that anyone, of any age, can suffer from this life-threatening condition.
Caused by a bacteria, or virus, this condition can be fatal to everyone it affects and rapid hospital admission and urgent medical treatment, in required. Whilst most people will make a good recovery, around 10% will die, and some will be left with life-long disabilities.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, remaining vigilant and getting medical help quickly, can save lives.
Symptoms can appear in any order, and some symptoms may not appear at all. Be aware that symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
Adults and Children:-
Fever (With cold hands and feet)
Severe muscle Pain
Drowsy, difficult to wake
Confusion and irritability
Pale, blotchy skin. Spots / rash (This is the sign that people often wait for. The advice is not to wait for the rash, as this can be assign of septicaemia)
Dislike of bright lights
Convulsions / seizures
Babies:- (As above, but may also include)
Refusing to eat
Fretful, dislike being handled
Drowsy, floppy, unresponsive
Rapid breathing, or grunting
Unusual cry, moaning
Tense, bulging fontanelle (soft spot)
Above all, trust your instincts. If you live alone, make sure that someone knows that you are ill. Do not be scared to call for help. If you are unsure, do so.
For more information, visit the Meningitis Now website www.meningitisnow.org
If you would like some first aid training in relation to these and other conditions, please do not hesitate to contact Passion First Aid on 01452 446020, email email@example.com, or go to our website, www.passionfirstaid.co.uk