01/7COVID-19 could impact your body in more ways than one
Nine months on, we have only started to get an idea of all the dangers COVID causing SARS-COV-2 could expose us to. From the time of the diagnosis to the long-haul post COVID symptoms, we are seeing people complain of a lot of different symptoms.
While the virus was earlier simply seen as a respiratory virus, it has now become evidently clear that it doesn't behave like the typical respiratory illness. It can very much attack different parts of your body and thereby, making it all the more crucial to watch out for even minute symptoms. Fever, cough and shortness of breath aren't the only signs to be cautious about. Even if you are asymptomatic, these symptoms could turn into a cause of worry.
Newly released guidelines by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, which is on the brink of a ghastly second wave of infection found that people most people complained of one of these five unusual, strange symptoms, apart from the typical signs of infection.
02/7What are these signs?
Since signs and symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, it is crucial to spot the signs early.
According to the advisory, these unusual symptoms, which have been listed down below could last for a day, be recurring or even linger on post the infection. However, they must not be ignored or taken lightly at any cost. Take a look at these preventive signs and symptoms to look out for:
While the virus can settle in the upper tract and mucous membranes, newer findings have found people complaining of red, itchy, swollen eyes as well. The symptoms can be very minor, and go unnoticed. In some cases, the inflammation can also lead to enlarged blood vessels near the eyes, swelling, excessive watering and discharge. Sensitivity and irritation can also be experienced. However, since it's not a very typical symptom, experts suggest that it is most commonly seen in those who have a severe infection risk.
04/7Confusion and delirium
COVID-19 can lead to psychological distress and impair nerve functioning, to an extent, impacting your brain health as well. However, these symptoms were only noticed in patients who complained of post COVID symptoms only. However, NHS findings have observed that some nervous issues, such as confusion, delirium could be accompanied by a headache and fatigue. Again, these symptoms have only been noticed in patients who complained of severe illness or had to be hospitalized.
A Lancet study, done back in May also pointed out that confusion, anxiety and agitated behaviour was noticed in at least 60 per cent of patients who had to undergo intensive care post hospitalization.
Although a dry cough is a fairly prominent symptom of the COVID virus, medical authorities are now alerting people about another type of cough which could be an early sign of the viral infection- continuous cough. A sample size surveyed in the UK found out that of all the patients who were found to be COVID+ complained of serious coughing lasting for more than an hour, or four or more violent coughing episodes in less than 24 hours.
Interestingly, at least 40% of patients in the survey said that they also experienced hot flashes, during this episodes-suggesting the skin on their back or chest felt extremely hot to touch.
While we do know that COVID could cause skin inflammation and rashes, a sudden change in your skin could also lead to a COVID diagnosis. Findings also suggest that this symptom could be more likely experienced by young people, with no pre-existing conditions or typical symptoms.
Itchiness, redness, COVID toes, itchy lesions and chilblains could also be experienced in certain cases. These are atypical symptoms and may not be experienced in all cases.
07/7What should you do?
Needless to say, this is not the time to be careless with your health. Spotting even the most minor of symptom should be considered a cause of attention. If something out of the usual strikes you, consider guidelines and get a consultation with a doctor as soon as possible.
Be on the lookout for the presence of other typical symptoms, such as fever, muscle aches, shortness of breath and loss of smell or taste as well. Get in touch to get a COVID diagnostic test done, if symptoms do not subside.
From the earliest symptom, stay at home and practice proper quarantine. Sanitize and disinfect your surroundings, do not mingle much, and increase your intake of immunity boosters. Self-medication is not advised.