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Rash Could Be A Little-Known Omicron Symptom, Expert Warns

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Rash Could Be A Little-Known Omicron Symptom, Expert Warns

Developing a rash could be a symptom of Omicron, experts have claimed.

Alongside a runny nose, headache, fatigue and sneezing, sufferers are also reporting two types of rash associated with the virus.

Some people are experiencing a rash with covid (Credit: Shutterstock)
Some people are experiencing a rash with covid (Credit: Shutterstock)

Since the Omicron outbreak first started, experts have been reporting a whole host of symptoms, different to the standard covid symptoms which are a new, continuous cough; a fever and loss or change in taste and/or smell.

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According to the ZOE COVID Study, the top five symptoms of Omicron are: runny nose, headache, fatigue (mild or severe), sneezing and a sore throat.

However, some people suffering from Omicron are also reporting two types of rash - one, reported to be similar to prickly heat, appears to be itchy and bumpy, while the other is reported to be similar to hives.

Some people are reporting a prickly heat rash (Credit: Shutterstock)
Some people are reporting a prickly heat rash (Credit: Shutterstock)

One person wrote on Twitter: "So currently have the COVID rash. Definitely an under-reported symptom."

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While another said: "Anyone who has had covid did you get rashes anywhere on your body?"

And a third added: "All my friends having 0 symptoms when having covid.

Me: Headache, body pain, chest pain, cough, fever, dizzy, rash, fainting, fatigue, chills, runny nose."

Speaking to Tyla, a representative for the ZOE COVID Study explained that rashes are symptoms of covid, and have been for all previous variants as well as Omicron.

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A rash can be a symptom of covid (Credit: Shutterstock)
A rash can be a symptom of covid (Credit: Shutterstock)

Dr Gareth Nye added: "Rashes are quite common when the body fights an infection so it's not surprising [people are experiencing them].

"Hives is commonly caused by viral infections as your body tries to get on top of it, these rashes are quite itchy with red spots with a white middle. It's likely due to the chemicals the immune system sends out aggravating the under layers of skin.

"Younger people were experiencing itchy skin issues as far back as June 2020 so pre-Omicron. It's important to always check your rash for meningitis and call NHS 111 if you are unsure."

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Health, Coronavirus

Lucy Devine
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