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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more


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Is meningitis rash itchy?

Is meningitis rash itchy?

Usually not: This rash does not tend to be of the itchy variety although any virus, bacteria and/or fungus can cause meningitis and all have different degrees of presentation. ...Read more

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Had fever for 24 hr last Fri. Rash on arms/legs/feet Tuesday. Legs/feet have itchy rash still. Headaches all week bad today. Meningitis?

Had fever for 24 hr last Fri. Rash on arms/legs/feet Tuesday. Legs/feet have itchy rash still. Headaches all week bad today. Meningitis?

Other symptoms.?: The symptoms you have described could be due to many different illnesses. In my experience, patients with meningitis most commonly present with high fever, neck stiffness, severe headaches, nausea and vomiting. There are some serious forms of meningitis associated with rashes. However, they will be associated with equally serious symptoms as listed above. If you are unsure, see your doctor right away ...Read more

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I started to get itchy since last year during winter after getting a meningitis shot for college into my skin which formed a ball. What could it be?

I started to get itchy since last year during winter after getting a meningitis shot for college into my skin which formed a ball. What could it be?

I don't think the: meningitis shot reaction is related to the itchiness. Sometimes, after a shot, one can develop a local reaction, like you have described. This is just a local reaction and should not have systemic effects. A very common cause of generalized itching is dry skin or allergies. So, moisturize 3-4 times daily and try an antihistamine like Zyrtec (cetirizine) to c if either helps. If not p, c ur doc or a Dermatologist.?? ...Read more

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When into meningitis would the rash apear I've had every symptom for a few days?

When into meningitis would the rash apear I've had every symptom for a few days?

May not: There is no specific rash associated with any particular type of bacterial meningitis. Viral meningitis, I.e., enteroviral, is more likely to be associated. ...Read more

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Spots that keep appearing on body and are itchy look like bites not scabies or menengitus?

Spots that keep appearing on body and are itchy look like bites not scabies or menengitus?

See a dermatologist: If you have pets it could be fleas. It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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How to tell a meningitis rash Son has unexplained rash on inside of arm, does not change when touched Has cold symptoms too?

How to tell a meningitis rash Son has unexplained rash on inside of arm, does not change when touched Has cold symptoms too?

Meningitis: The only way to diagnose Meningitis is to examine spinal fluid. If this diagnosis is a concern your child requires collection of Cerebral spinal fluid to determine meningitis. A non specific rash does not help the diagnosis. Some types of meningitis have a rash called a petechial rash which looks like tiny bruises that do not blanche. These can get bigger. See your doctor or ER now for meningitis. ...Read more

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I have a small pink rash on my arm that doesn't disappear when pressed with a glass. No fever or other symptoms. Could it be meningitis?

I have a small pink rash on my arm that doesn't disappear when pressed with a glass. No fever or other symptoms. Could it be meningitis?

NO: Its VERY VERY doubtful that WITHOUT FEVER or OTHER SYMPTOMS that MENINGITIS is a possibility. Have you been 'exposed" to a case? (Meningococcal Meningitis does come along with a rash...) Where else is the RASH???
Ask your question again with more details!


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How quick are symptoms of meningitis in a baby mine acts fine but complains of her foot hurting and has rash two days but goes away with glass to it.

How quick are symptoms of meningitis in a baby mine acts fine but complains of her foot hurting and has rash two days but goes away with glass to it.

Not meningitis: Symptoms of meningitis may appear quickly, but foot pain and vanishing rash are not classical for meningitis. Fever, neck stiffness and pain on motion, vomiting, extreme irritability, permanent erythematous non blanching rash is more typical for bacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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My best friend got the meningitis vaccine a couple days ago and is beginning to show symptoms. Headache, muscle pains, rash, etc. Is she at risk?

My best friend got the meningitis vaccine a couple days ago and is beginning to show symptoms. Headache, muscle pains, rash, etc. Is she at risk?

Mgt: I would suggest checking their temperature. The vaccine reaction should subside within 48 hours. If it does not, then seeing your PCP is advised. ...Read more

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I have neck stiffness and rashes on hands & feet. Could this be caused by meningitis vaccination I received 2 days ago?

I have neck stiffness and rashes on hands & feet. Could this be caused by meningitis vaccination I received 2 days ago?

Unlikely: There are few things that produce a rash on the palms and soles, including syphilis and tick borne illnesses like rocky mountain spotted fever. This sounds like you should go to a doctor and be evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does the rash look like for meningitis?

What does the rash look like for meningitis?

Bacterial meningitis: The bacterial meningitis rash looks like a bunch of tiny pin pricks initially, that develops into areas of skin looking almost like purple colored bruising, if you press the purple colored rash it won't turn white. If you see such a rash, plus stiff neck, fever headache or other symptoms of meningitis visit a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Doe's a meningitis rash feel likes its burning and swelled?

Doe's a meningitis rash feel likes its burning and swelled?

The rash of meningo-: Vocal meningitis looks like tiny pink, red or purple pinpricks, but can be blotchy. At your age, you need the vaccine. See http://www. Cdc. Gov/meningococcal/clinical-info. Html. See your GP for diagnosis & treatment of your painful rash. ...Read more

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Will macterial meningitis cause itching and a rash?

Will macterial meningitis cause itching and a rash?

Meningitis: These are possible depending upon the causative organism. ...Read more

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Hey I feel I have a meningitis rash but idk if I'm being paranoid?

Hey I feel I have a meningitis rash but idk if I'm being paranoid?

Paranoid: If you are alert enough to send in the question, you are unlikely to be in the early stages of an illness that could kill you in 12 hrs. If you're trolling the net to self diagnose, you get what you pay fore. If you are really concerned, go to urgent care.I cannot in good conscience tell you that what you have is not serious, just unlikely. ...Read more

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I think I have a meningitis rash its a purplish on my inner thigh im scared what should I do?

Seek help now: If you think you have meningitis, particularly with associated rash, in the sky with the emergency room as soon as possible. I have seen this entity be fatal. ...Read more

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I had a pink rash on my lower back I had a glass on and put a lot of pressure on it and it fades. I am so worried if its meningitis.

I had a pink rash on my lower back I had a glass on and put a lot of pressure on it and it fades. I am so worried if its meningitis.

Unlikely: Based on the pink rash alone, it is very unlikely. Meningitis typically starts with neurological symptoms. Have you had all your vaccinations? There are two types of meningitis - 1. Bacterial 2. Viral. Viral meningitis is the most common. ...Read more

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I had a pink rash on my lower back. I had a glass on and put pressure on it and it fade. I am so worried if its a sign of meningitis.

I had a pink rash on my lower back. I had a glass on and put pressure on it and it fade. I am so worried if its a sign of meningitis.

Other signs/symptoms: Do you have a fever? Back pain? Neck pain or stiffness? Thinking problems? When did the rash appear? Has it spread? If you are worried about meningitis, you should be evaluated immediately at your doctor's or in an Emergency Department. ...Read more

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Is the glass test indicative of meningitis rash? My 5 year old has a facial rash that I can still see when I do the glass test. Thank you

Is the glass test indicative of meningitis rash? My 5 year old has a facial rash that I can still see when I do the glass test. Thank you

Have it examined: I would not take chances, all tests can have false positives, but you should respect this and have it looked at and treated immediaely if necessary ...Read more

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Does a meningitis rash feel like its burns. I don't mean to the touch. I have a pin prick rash on my hands that feels like its burning.

Does a meningitis rash feel like its burns. I don't mean to the touch. I have a pin prick rash on my hands that feels like its burning.

Meningitis: It is a far cry from a skin eruption on your hands to a diagnosis of meningitis. The usual symptoms of meningitis include severe headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, alterations in level of consciousness or sensorium, photo and phonophobia, and so on. Go and see a doctor and have them examine your rash in order to be correctly diagnosed. Good luck and have a great baby. ...Read more

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I have a goosebump like rash, stiff neck, on and off fever, body aches. Could it be meningitis?

I have a goosebump like rash, stiff neck, on and off fever, body aches. Could it be meningitis?

Meningitis?: I certainly don't like the sound of what you're going through. I can't guarantee that this is meningitis, but I can strongly recommend you get evaluated in an emergency room, just to be safe. You should go tonight. ...Read more

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I have viral meningitis, discharged from my hospital with antibiotics and pain killers, why is the rash still spreading down my body 4 days later?

I have viral meningitis, discharged from my hospital with antibiotics and pain killers, why is the rash still spreading down my body 4 days later?

Challenge diagnosis: Viral meningitis usually does not come with rash, and is not treated with antibiotics. Is it possible you have *bacterial* meningitis instead? You may be safe to go home with bacterial meningitis if you keep taking the antibiotic prescribed and you can manage the pain at home. If you can't adequately care for yourself at home due to pain, come back into hospital for further care. Get well soon! ...Read more

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Dr said viral meningitis poss diagnosis. I asked to get blood counts instead of spinal tap. Now I have rash but blood tests are normal. Can it still be bacterial? Results att. Files. Do I really need a spinal tap? Still as ill but meds help nerve pain

Dr said viral meningitis poss diagnosis. I asked to get blood counts instead of spinal tap. Now I have rash but blood tests are normal. Can it still be bacterial? Results att. Files. Do I really need a spinal tap? Still as ill but meds help nerve pain

? Meningitis: The diagnosis of Meningitis is made based on symptoms (Headaches, mental changes, Neck stiffness) associated with changes in the spinal fluid reflecting inflammation of the meninges. If you have the above symptoms, then a spinal tap is recommended.
Where is your pain (? nerve pain?) located? ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck, sore throat, rash on the back of my neck, and nausea. Do I have meningitis? How do I know?

I have a stiff neck, sore throat, rash on the back of my neck, and nausea. Do I have meningitis? How do I know?

See your doctor: Hi
the only way to know how ill you are is to be assessed in person by a doctor. A stiff neck and rash can be signs of meningitis so you should seek immediate medical attention ...Read more

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5yo w/ fever 103.5 + severe headache. No stiff neck, no rash, no vomiting. Sent to ER by ped, no lumbar puncture done. 2nd opinion about meningitis?

5yo w/ fever 103.5 + severe headache. No stiff neck, no rash, no vomiting. Sent to ER by ped, no lumbar puncture done. 2nd opinion about meningitis?

See answer: Fevers are known to be accompanied with headaches and other symptoms like abdominal pain etc. The fact that child has been examined and has no symptoms to suggest meningitis (no neck rigidity, no vomiting, no rash) should put you at ease. Another important fact that can reassure is the sensorium - if child is responding well and sensorium is not altered. If worse in 12-24 hours go back to ER. ...Read more

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Fatigue, headaches, now noticed circled red rash near hip thata now spreading across stomach getting worse! Had meningitis And hep B vaccine recently.

Fatigue, headaches, now noticed circled red rash near hip thata now spreading across stomach getting worse! Had meningitis And hep B vaccine recently.

Rash, Headache: It is unlikely that a vaccination would cause a rash at a location not close to the injection site. If someone has a rash, fatigue and a headache they should go get it looked at by a physician in person in an urgent care or ER to make sure it isn't something like Lyme disease or another illness that needs treatment. It can be helpful if patients take picture of the rash in case changes quickly. ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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Rash (Definition)

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