4 unexpected symptoms of Omicron that you should never ignore

OMICRON is currently the dominant strain of Covid in the UK so it’s important you know the signs to spot it.

Most people with Omicron say they experience common cold symptoms, but other unexpected signs have been reported.

If you are not feeling well it is important that you get tested for coronavirus - to make sure you are not spreading the virus to anyone else


If you are not feeling well it is important that you get tested for coronavirus – to make sure you are not spreading the virus to anyone elseCredit: Getty

Omicron has proven to be lighter than its predecessor variants Alpha and Delta.

Throughout the pandemic, people with Covid have shown a range of symptoms, with the NHS listing a new persistent cough, high temperature and loss of smell as key signs to look out for.

Data has previously revealed that the three most common Omicron signs causing Britons to struggle are coughs, fatigue and headaches.

Covid cases 21% off todaybut more than 88,000 Britons still tested positive for the virus.

An additional 88,085 cases were reported today, bringing the total number of Britons infected since the start of the pandemic to 17,515,199.

It’s important that if you’re feeling unwell you should get tested for coronavirus – especially feeling a little uncomfortable in the weather may not be just because you’re tired.

1. Stomach problems

US Health, Dr. Bill admires says most people with the Delta variant will experience some breathing problems – of which upper respiratory problems are a major factor.

“But with Omicron, patients with gastrointestinal problems are experiencing flare-ups and more symptoms,” he said.

Professor Tim Spectorfrom the ZOE Covid Symptom Study, told Sun Online that this variant probably settled in the gut but not in the nose.

This means that, when people have an infection and experience intestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, they will test negative – as there will be no trace of Omicrons in the nose or mouth.

“We know that the virus tries to get into the mouth or nose, and shows up in the respiratory system or lungs.

“And sometimes it goes into the gut, and people who have had Covid for a long time – they’ve found traces of the virus in the gut that can last a long time.

“We know that this virus travels to different parts of the body. Maybe Omicron or another variant that is attacking the gut.

“And this won’t show up in the nose – so you could have an intestinal infection but no positive signs.

“We can miss quite a few cases simply by picking our noses.”

2. Issues below

We often think of Covid causing respiratory problems.

But evidence suggests the virus can enter – and thus potentially damage – the blood vessels of the penis.

People who contract Covid have reported blood vessel damage and blood clots with others also reported long-lasting erection.

Medics first reported Covid-related priapism in one 69-year-old man from OhioUnited States, who later died of the virus.

A poor 12-year-old boy suffered 24 hour erection before being examined by doctors in Vienna, Austria.

Erectile dysfunction and penis reduction have also been reported in various Covid patients.

3. Skin problems

Notice that you or a loved one has pale, gray, or blue skin that could be warning signs of Omicron.

This is a rare complication in severe Covid cases, which means low oxygen levels in the blood.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s an “urgent warning sign”.

People who tested positive for Covid have also encountered several other skin problems, namely Covid toes.

It can present as an inflamed, red toe, sometimes accompanied by a rash. The site may be painful and itchy, with blisters and swelling.

The affected toes, although some have also been reported, may appear red or purple.

Some patients may also experience painful swelling or pus. Other patients present with hives, lip pain, and dry skin.

4. Soreness

The most common symptoms of Covid are runny nose, headache, fatigue, change in smell and loss of appetite.

But ear pain has been noted as a frequent symptom for people who test positive for the variant – especially those who have been vaccinated.

Unusual joint pain has also been added to the list of common symptoms, with fewer cases reporting feelings of depression and loss of smell. 4 unexpected symptoms of Omicron that you should never ignore

Emma Bowman

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