A skin rash can be a sign of meningitis, here’s how to confirm it

Suara.com – Meningitis and septicania are conditions caused by a variety of insects, but most cases are caused by bacteria.

When someone is exposed to meningitis, surely we will start to notice a rash that appears on the body.

Because, meningococcal bacteria are the most common cause of this meningitis rash.

The CEO of Australian childcare organization Tiny Hearts Education, Nikki Jurcutz has also provided some guidance on what to look for when a meningitis rash appears.

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If your child has a rash, try to press and hold it firmly for about 2 seconds and then release it again. Then, pay attention to the pressed skin will change color or not.

Meningitis illustration (shutterstock)
Meningitis illustration (shutterstock)

“If it doesn’t change, it will be a rash that doesn’t blanch and you need to see a doctor,” Nikki said The Sun.

Nikki explains that a rash that pales or changes color when pressed is a good thing. But, you have to be careful if the opposite happens.

This is because a rash that does not change color after pressing can be a sign of a serious disease, such as meningococcal disease.

Experts at the Meningitis Research Foundation say a rash can be one of the clearest and most specific signs of meningococcal meningitis and septicemia.

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They explain that these rashes can look different on different skin types and their development can also vary.

They say that the rash can look like red pin pricks or look like purple spots on the skin that resemble tick bites.

The rash may also look more like a bruise, which is a reddish-purple color to the skin. Most patients with meningococcal septicemia usually develop the rash.

Nikki also adds that in some cases of meningitis, a person may also not develop any rash.