Patients with COVID are still exhibiting crippling symptoms months after contracting the virus.
The ‘long Covid’ condition frequently results in physical pain and chronic fatigue.
According to studies, the illness may affect over two million adults in England. Extreme exhaustion, loss of smell, aches in the muscles, and shortness of breath are some of the most frequently noted symptoms.
But now, researchers have identified a brand-new symptom. Eris, a brand-new Covid variant, is currently taking over the UK.
According to representatives of the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that the sub-variant is causing a more severe illness, but it is more contagious.
The study described a new symptom of the condition that appeared after a 33-year-old man was referred to a clinic for specialists.
The patient had experienced “rapid purple discoloration” on his legs for six months, according to the authors.
Standing caused his legs to become heavier and more “tingly, itchy, and dusky” in appearance.
A rash would also appear on his feet, which would only go away if he sat down.
Acrocyanosis is a condition that typically affects the hands and feet but can also show up on the nose and ears. It occurs when there is insufficient oxygen in the blood in that area of the body or when there is inefficient blood flow.
According to the NHS, the condition is not harmful. This particular case of acrocyanosis was described as being particularly “striking” by co-author Dr. Manoj Sivan of the University of Leeds.
“Patients experiencing this may not be aware that it can be a symptom of long-term COVID and dysautonomia [malfunctioning of the nervous system], and may feel concerned about what they are seeing,” he said to Metro.
He claimed that doctors may not be aware of the connection between long Covid and acrocyanosis.
In order to give clinicians the resources they need to manage patients effectively, he said, “We need to make sure that there is more awareness of dysautonomia in long Covid.”
For people whose lives are negatively impacted by the condition, the NHS provides long-Covid services.
Patients may be referred to a specialist service, a rehabilitation facility, or a facility that focuses on a particular symptom they may experience.
According to the UK Health Security Agency’s most recent data, Eris is the second most common Covid strain in the UK, representing 14.6% of cases.
According to the Zoe Health Study, the total number of Covid infections is believed to have increased from 606,656 on July 4 to 785,980 on July 27.
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