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2. Rash

A meningitis rash results from bacterial poison damaging blood vessels. At first, this may be quite faint and may seem like bruising or 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 colour. This meningitis rash can appear anywhere on the body, but not everyone with meningitis will develop the rash. Be sure to check thinly skinned areas like inside the mouth, the palms and eyelids.

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