Meningitis can be described as the process whereby the meninges, which is the covering of the brain and spinal cord, swells, due to an attack by bacteria of a virus.
It is therefore important to identify these meningitis symptoms, as it is a deadly disease, in order to seek timely medical attention, without too much delay. There are different symptoms in different patients, of meningitis, although the general ones are: high temperatures, on the heels of which come nausea, vomiting and hyper painful headaches. Fever is another of the meningitis symptoms, which might appear with an influx of rashes to the skin. It is not unusual for a patient to suffer convulsions, strong and sharp back pains, accompanied by acute tension of the neck muscles. In infants, a bulging fontanel, which is usually accompanied by vomiting and frequent bouts of screaming in pain.
Whenever one exhibits these meningitis symptoms, it is advisable to seek medical advice as soon as possible to enable diagnosis, and if need be, prompt treatment.
At its onset, meningitis usually starts with fever, weakness in the whole body, muscular pain, which is usually characterized by pathogens, that include rashes, running noses, pneumonia, inflamed salivary glands, and a bowel disorder that brings about vomiting.
Of all the meningitis symptoms, the most visible one is an acute headache that acts up as if it were growing in size. This type of headache is too severe that adult patients, being unable to help themselves, have been known to cry out loud and whimper, while infants and children cry ceaselessly. It is so unfortunate tom the sufferers, as despite the acute headache, they soon start feeling nauseous, and proceed to vomit, which could go on for hours on end, but at intervals.
Patients with meningitis symptoms have been known to experience increased sensitivity to the skin, which is brought about by any type of change in the posture of the body, from a stimulus, that might be either audio or visual.
Because of the body mass ratio, an adult patient's condition tends to deteriorate so fast that alarming changes can be noticed in as little as 24 hrs. However, the overall condition of younger patients gets worse at a faster rate than in their older counterparts.
At this point, adolescent and adult patients become confused, easily irritable and are prone to go into a sleeping stupor, if not a coma. These patients go on to develop edema of the brain, which prevents blood from flowing to the brain. This may cause the patient to suffer a stroke, which might, or might not be inclusive of paralysis.
Treatment of meningitis symptoms depends on how early it is diagnosed, as if it is done late, it becomes possible for the damage to be irreversible, especially to the brain. In severe cases, patients die.
Even so, meningitis symptoms, if checked and treated early, are curable, although not completely, as some patients may end up with convulsions, for which they have to undergo long periods of treatment.