Rash could be sign of Omicron Covid variant – here’s what to look out for

In addition to the three ‘classic’ Covid symptoms, the ZOE Covid App has identified two common types of rashes in some of those who have tested positive for coronavirus

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Some people are reporting a rash as a symptom of Omicron

The coronavirus R rate is slowly creeping up, and according to the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), the number is now between 0.8 and 1.1 in England.

Data shows that one in 20 people in England currently have Omicron, which is the dominant variant in the country.

As Covid cases are on the rise, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of Omicron to avoid further spread.

Brits will be well aware of the three ‘classic’ Covid symptoms – a new, continuous cough, a fever and loss of taste and/or smell, which were identified by the NHS at the start of the pandemic.

However, as more Omicron cases have emerged, experts have identified other signs that may signal infection.

One of these warning signs can show up on a person’s skin – here’s what to look out for.

Warning sign on your skin to look out for

Some Omicron sufferers have reported a prickly heat rash that comes on as areas of small, itchy, red bumps


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Some people who have tested positive for Omicron have reported rashes appearing on the skin, according to the ZOE Covid Study app.

However, it’s important to remember that having a rash does not mean you have Covid on your own. You should always take a Covid test if you think you may have coronavirus.

There are a couple of different variations of rashes you should look out for.

Described as a “fourth key sign” of coronavirus, the first is a hive-type rash that comes suddenly in the form of raised bumps on your skins.

Brits will be well aware of the three main symptoms of coronavirus – a new, continuous cough, a fever and a loss of taste and/or smell.

These are the officially recognized symptoms according to the NHS.

However, with the new Omicron variant, symptoms have been described as being more similar to a common cold.

It’s important to be aware of the symptoms in order to limit the spread of Covid.

These tend to be very itchy and often start with intense itching of the palms or soles.

Another is prickly heat, which comes on as areas of small, itchy, red bumps.

These can appear anywhere on the body, but tend to be most commonly found on elbows, knees and the backs of hands and feet.

The ZOE Covid app adds: “There are other, less common, rashes associated with Covid-19 including Pityriasis Rosea-like, light-sensitive rashes affecting the face or neck.

“Vasculitis rashes, when small blood vessels in the skin become damaged, are also seen in severe cases of Covid-19 that need hospital support.”

What are the other symptoms of Omicron?

The ZOE Covid app found that a runny nose was the most common Omicron symptom


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Experts have likened Omicron symptoms to milder infections, such as a common cold.

According to the ZOE Covid app, the most common symptoms of Omicron found from their analysis was:

  • runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (mild or severe)
  • sneezing
  • sore throat

If you have any symptoms of Covid, including the three ‘classic’ symptoms, you should get a Covid test.

If you have symptoms you should self-isolate until you have a negative result.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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