PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are the common signs and symptoms of meningitis?

ANSWER

Bacterial meningitis symptoms may develop within hours or days. Viral meningitis symptoms may also develop quickly or over several days. Fever, severe headache, and neck stiffness are the hallmark symptoms of meningitis. Others include:

More severe symptoms include seizure and coma. In infants, symptoms may include fever, irritability, poor feeding, and lethargy. Additionally, the soft spot on the top of the head may appear to be bulging.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion and disorientation (acting "goofy")
  • Drowsiness or sluggishness
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Poor appetite

From: Meningitis Symptoms Warning Signs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Meningitis Research Foundation: "Symptoms." 

The Meningitis Trust: "Symptoms of Meningitis and Meningococcal Septicaemia." 

National Meningitis Association: "About Meningococcal Disease.

CDC: "Meningitis: Signs & Symptoms."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 13, 2017

SOURCES: 

Meningitis Research Foundation: "Symptoms." 

The Meningitis Trust: "Symptoms of Meningitis and Meningococcal Septicaemia." 

National Meningitis Association: "About Meningococcal Disease.

CDC: "Meningitis: Signs & Symptoms."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 13, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

What are other potential signs and symptoms of meningococcal infection?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: