Omicron symptom on skin, lips and nails that warns you need urgent Covid advice
Omicron tends to present with symptoms that vary from the traditional signs of coronavirus. Here are the lesser-known emergency warning signs of the new Covid variant appearing on the skin, lips and nails that you need to seek urgent medical help for.
After first being discovered in November, Omicron has quickly emerged as the dominant coronavirus variant across the globe.
While a lot remains unknown about the new super mutant strain of Covid, experts have found that symptoms of Omicron are quite different from the classic signs of coronavirus.
According to the NHS, the three main symptoms of Covid are a high temperature, new or persistent cough and loss or change to your sense of taste or smell.
The new variant show signs of being more similar to a common cold, with symptoms often described as “mild” by patients and doctors.
However, there are some lesser-known signs of Omicron appearing on the skin, lips and nails that patients should seek urgent medical attention for.
What are the Omicron symptoms on the skin, lips and nails?
The American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that people with Omicron report a wide range of symptoms besides the main three.
One such symptom of the virus occurs on the skin, lips and nails. The CDC warned that we should watch out for pale, grey or blue-coloured skin, lips or nail beds, depending on our skin tone, as this can indicate low levels of oxygen in the blood.
The health body described these symptoms as “emergency warning signs” for which we should seek immediate medical care.
These emergency signs also include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, and the inability to wake or stay awake.
What are the main symptoms of Omicron?
According to a study from the ZOE symptom tracker app, the five most common symptoms of Omicron include:
Mild muscle aches
Other signs of the variant include congestion, brain fog, night sweats, skin rashes and even sore eyes in some patients.
Dr Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who first raised the alarm on the new variant, also warned that certain symptoms like headaches and sore muscles are felt more intensely, especially by those who are unvaccinated.
What to do if I have Covid symptoms?
The NHS advises that if you believe you’re experiencing symptoms of Covid, you should “self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test”, even if the symptoms are mild.
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