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A rash that does not fade under pressure is a sign of meningococcal septicaemia. People with septicaemia may develop a rash of tiny ‘pin pricks’ which can develop into purple bruising.
THIS RASH DOES NOT FADE UNDER PRESSURE. 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:
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We also provide free meningitis symptoms mobile apps for you to download onto your phone.
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