What Are Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis?

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The typical symptoms of bacterial meningitis are:
  • high fever
  • severe headache
  • stiff neck
If you develop the disease, you may also experience:
  • a rash of purple discoloration
  • confusion
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • sensitivity to bright light
Symptoms can begin quickly, sometimes in just a couple hours, or they can progress over a day or two. Seek immediate medical attention if you show symptoms of bacterial meningitis. Your doctor will treat the condition as soon as possible, most likely with antibiotics. Keyword: bacterial meningitis symptoms; signs bacterial meningitis; symptoms bacterial meningitis
What causes spinal meningitis? I keep pushing the link but no answer I think it's the vaccines....
Viral infections are the most common cause of meningitis, followed by bacterial infections and, rarely, fungal infections.
Bacteria that enter the bloodstream and travel to the brain and spinal cord cause acute bacterial meningitis. But it can also occur when bacteria directly invade the meninges. This may be caused by an ear or sinus infection, a skull fracture, or, rarely, after some surgeries.
Several strains of bacteria can cause acute bacterial meningitis, most commonly:
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus).
Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus).
Haemophilus influenzae (haemophilus).
Listeria monocytogenes (listeria).
Viral meningitis is usually mild and often clears on its own. Most cases in the United States are caused by a group of viruses known as enteroviruses, which are most common in late summer and early fall. Viruses such as herpes simplex virus, HIV, mumps, West Nile virus and others also can cause viral meningitis.
Chronic meningitis
Slow-growing organisms (such as fungi and Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that invade the membranes and fluid surrounding your brain cause chronic meningitis. Chronic meningitis develops over two weeks or more. The signs and symptoms of chronic meningitis — headaches, fever, vomiting and mental cloudiness — are similar to those of acute meningitis.
Fungal meningitis
Fungal meningitis is relatively uncommon and causes chronic meningitis. It may mimic acute bacterial meningitis. Fungal meningitis isn't contagious from person to person. Cryptococcal meningitis is a common fungal form of the disease that affects people with immune deficiencies, such as AIDS. It's life-threatening if not treated with an antifungal medication.
Other meningitis causes
Meningitis can also result from noninfectious causes, such as chemical reactions, drug allergies, some types of cancer and inflammatory diseases such as sarcoidosis.
I have had a bad headache for a week and pain and stiffness in my neck for 2 or 3 weeks and chills when should I go to the emergency room?with concern for meningitis?
Your symptoms are consistent with meningitis, but curiously meningitis does not last 2 to 3 weeks. You should go the the ER, get a head CT scan and probably a lumbar puncture.
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