the Effects of
Meningitis on the Body
Meningitis causes swelling in the central nervous system, affecting the entire body and potentially causing long-term effects.
Brain inflammation is always serious and can have a devastating effect on every part of the body.Read more.
Sensitivity to light is not uncommon in meningitis, particularly in babies.Read more.
A child who is sleeping excessively and hard to wake up may be battling infection.Read more.
Raging infection can make you feel sick to your stomach and turn you off to food.Read more.
Multiplying bacteria in the bloodstream can damage blood vessels and rapidly spin out of control.Read more.
Increasingly poor circulation means your limbs aren’t getting the oxygen they need.Read more.
As it spreads, the rash gets darker and darker. Severe rash means you need medical attention immediately.Read more.
That soft spot on your baby’s head could be telling you something.Read more.
Fever and inflammation can make your muscles hurt or spasm.Read more.
A severe case of meningitis can leave you with hearing loss.Read more.
Headache may be one of the first symptoms of meningitis, but headaches can recur for some time following the illness.Read more.
Meningitis can make you feel uncoordinated and clumsy.Read more.
Following meningitis, children may be moody, clingy, or have trouble sleeping at night.Read more.
Bacteria in the bloodstream cause a drop in blood pressure.Read more.
Early on, skin may appear to have tiny pink dots that can pass for scratches or an inconsequential rash. The “glass test” may shed some light on it.Read more.
In some cases, a meningitis-related rash leaves permanent marks on the skin.Read more.
A stiff or arched neck is a painful indication of severe infection.Read more.
Inflammation causes pain in the joints and may lead to arthritis.Read more.
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How Can I Avoid Getting Meningitis?
Certain factors place young adults at increased risk of getting meningitis. Read about how lifestyle factors and vaccines can help you avoid this condition.