We are all familiar with the traditional signs of covid, such as a new cough and fever; however, experts warn that some unusual skin symptoms could also raise alarms.
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The UK is in the midst of another unrelenting wave of Covid, as cases of the now-dominant Omicron strain rise across the country.
While the number of cases has dropped substantially since peaking around the New Year, with 245,182 cases recorded on January 4, the UK is still recording around tens of thousands of Covid cases every day, with a further 92,368. registered yesterday.
We are all familiar with the traditional signs of covid, such as a new cough and fever; however, experts warn that some strange skin symptoms could mean you have contracted the virus.
It is important to keep an eye out for known signs of the variant, and for new variants as they appear, to slow the spread.
Omicron has so far shown to be milder than previous variants, with most patients experiencing cold-like symptoms.
However, some people have also shown skin symptoms, six of which have been confirmed by experts as a possible sign of the virus.
One of the lesser known but common symptoms of Omicron is a skin rash, according to the ZOE COVID Study app.
Described as “a key fourth sign” of coronavirus infection, there have been two types of rashes reported by covid-positive patients.
The first is a hive-like rash that appears suddenly as bumps on the skin. These tend to be very itchy, often starting with intense itching on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet.
The second type of rash is a prickly heat rash that appears as areas of small red itchy bumps. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, this type of rash tends to be most common on the elbows, knees, and the backs of the hands and feet.
While hive rashes tend to come and go quickly, prickly heat rash can linger for days or weeks, according to ZOE.
The Sun Online reports that a London GP previously warned that children with Omicron had developed rashes.
However, the clinic had not seen any rashes in adult Omicron patients until recently.
Dr. David Lloyd said that around 15 per cent of young people with confirmed cases of Omicron had developed spots, which are usually experienced along with fatigue, headaches and loss of appetite.
The CovidSkinSigns team has also reported several people with papular and viscular rashes.
“It shows up as red, bumpy areas that can occur anywhere on the body, but like the elbows and knees, as well as the backs of the hands and feet. It can look like a bad rash,” they said.
While in some cases the signs were relatively subtle, the rash was also often very itchy.
It could also last long after the contagious period of the Covid infection is over.
A rare complication in severe cases of covid can cause blood oxygen levels to drop.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described this as an “emergency warning sign.”
Anyone who notices a change in their skin color, especially when combined with shortness of breath, persistent pain, chest pressure, inability to stay awake, or confusion, seek help “immediately.”
Patients who fell into a “vulnerable” category along with older patients were more likely to develop more severe disease, especially with Omicron.
However, younger healthy patients may also, in rare cases, need medical help.
According to the most recent reports, anyone of any age can get covid on their toes, although children and adolescents tend to suffer more with the condition.
Covid toes give you chilblain-like swelling on your hands and feet and can last up to months at a time.
Chilblains are small, itchy red spots that can appear after a person has had a cold.
It usually occurs within four weeks of contracting the virus and may go unnoticed by some, while others may find persistent itching.
The American Academy of Dermatology says that to reduce any pain or itching, applying hydrocortisone might help.
“Covid toes” have been a key symptom for all variants of Covid so far.
Several people who contract the Omicron strain have reported cold-like symptoms spreading to the lips, which they have found to be cold or chapped.
According to the experts at CovidSkinSigns, lips can feel sore, dry, and scaly as they heal.
Another commonly reported Covid symptom is eczema, which patients say appears on the neck and chest.
CovidSkinSigns has said that the rash appears on the neck and chest in areas exposed to sunlight.
“It is usually quite pink and very itchy. It can appear at any time during or after the infection and usually lasts a long time, “they add.