Glandular Fever & Meningitis

Fortunately, the odds are that you will never encounter either of these worrying diseases - but both are just too serious to be ignored. If you are experiencing symptoms or are concerned that you may have contracted one of these diseases, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. These are the facts you need to be aware of…

Glandular fever

Known as the 'kissing disease', glandular fever is caused by a virus, most commonly caught by young people and students in their teens and twenties. It is mostly passed on in saliva (and occasionally from coughs and sneezes) - hence the nickname.
Signs and symptoms:
  • Flu-like symptoms with fever, headache and sweating
  • Sore throat and swollen tonsils
  • Severe fatigue and muscle pains
  • Swollen glands in throat, armpits and groin
  • Stomach pains

Glandular fever & meningitis - Students health - Alphega Pharmacy



Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and the spinal cord, caused by a bacterial or viral infection. It is estimated that students are twice as vulnerable to meningitis than others in the 18-25 age group and that those at greatest risk live in halls of residence.
Signs and symptoms:
  • A stiff neck 
  • Adversity to bright lights 
  • High temperature and vomiting
  • A rash that starts looking like tiny pinpricks and later turns to purple blotches tumbler against the skin)
  • Severe headache
  • A meningitis rash will not fade when pressed
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