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Meningitis- What should I be looking out for?

Meningitis can be either bacterial or viral, both of which cause inflammation of the lining of the brain.


What should I be looking out for?

  1. Non-Blanching Rash – see the tumbler test below.
  2. Fever (higher than 37C)
  3. Irritability
  4. Vomiting
  5. A severe headache
  6. Joint and Limb pain
  7. Stiff neck
  8. Sensitivity to bright lights
  9. Sleepiness

The Tumbler Test

If there is a rash present, press a clear glass tumbler firmly against the rash. If you can see the marks clearly through the glass seek urgent medical advice.


If you are worried about someone that is ill do not wait for the rash to appear. Symptoms can develop very quickly – in a matter of hours.



HSE – Meningitis

Meningitis Research Foundation

Rutter, P (2013). Community Pharmacy: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments . 3rd ed. United Kingdom: Churchhill Livingstone Elsevier. p300.

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