As the bacterial poison is released into the bloodstream (septicemia), blood vessels can be damaged and therefore, cause a rash on the skin to appear. At first, this may be quite faint and may seem like bruising or simply irritated skin, taking the form of a light prickle of spots over the skin. As it progresses, the rash, or spots, can darken and become enlarged as a reaction to bleeding under the skin. They can be pink, red or a blue-purple color. This meningitis rash can appear anywhere on the body, but not everyone with meningitis will develop the rash. Be sure to check light skin areas like inside the mouth, the palms, and eyelids.
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