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If someone is ill and getting worse do not wait for a rash, it can appear late or not at all. A fever with spots or a rash that does not fade under pressure is a medical emergency.
How to do the glass test:
As meningicoccal bacteria multiply rapidly in the bloodstream, they begin to release endotoxins (poisons) from their outer coating. The body’s natural defences have little effect on these poisons and eventually blood vessels become damaged.
As septicaemia advances, it affects the whole body and can cause organ damage or failure. The rash associated with septicaemia is caused by blood leaking into the tissues under the skin.
It’s important to know that septicaemia can also cause other more specific symptoms to look out for (as well as the rash):
If you suspect meningitis or septicaemia, get medical help immediately. You can:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our nurses on 0808 80 10 388 for free to request one.
We also provide free meningitis symptoms mobile apps for you to download onto your phone.
Our helpline is available 24/7 to offer advice and answer your meningitis questions.
Are you worried that you or someone may have meningitis?
Up to 34 million adults in the UK are risking death by believing that the main symptom of meningitis is a rash.
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