Meningitis

Friday, November 21, 2014

People often confuse the early signs and symptoms of meningitis with the flu. In fact, meningitis may come on the heels of a flu-like illness or infection. Dr. Edward Hill describes some of the signs and symptoms of meningitis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges.

Its not easy to spot the symptoms of meningitis. Thats why its important to stay alert, learn the hallmark signs and symptoms, and act quickly. It may help save your or your childs life.

Bacterial meningitis symptoms may develop within hours. Fever, headache and neck stiffness are the hallmark symptoms of meningitis. Other symptoms include:

Nausea and vomiting, sometimes along with diarrhea

Confusion and disorientation

Drowsiness

Eye pain or sensitivity to bright light, and

Muscle or joint pain or weakness

Other possible signs and symptoms of meningitis include:

Abnormal skin color

Stomach cramps

Ice-cold hands and feet

Reddish or brownish skin rash, or purple spots

Numbness and tingling, and

Seizures

If you or your child experience two or more of these symptoms of meningitis, or if the symptoms are very severe or appear suddenly seek medical care right away.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.