The Weird COVID-19 Symptoms
We all know the respiratory symptoms of COVID-19, which include coughing, trouble breathing and fever. However, these are not the only symptoms of COVID-19. The symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person, and the symptoms can be “unusual.” We share a few of the atypical symptoms of COVID-19.
A new weird symptom that a few patients are experiencing is called “COVID tongue.” A new study published by the British Journal of Dermatology showed a substantial number of patients experiencing bumps, inflammation and swelling on their tongue. This was common in patients that experienced loss of taste and a burning sensation in their mouth. This symptom is not unusual. A lot of viruses can cause this symptom on the tongue.
Some people may experience changes in their skin. The skin symptoms include skin lesions, rashes and hives. Research has shown that younger people with less severe COVID-19 symptoms may develop painful, itchy sores or bumps on their hands and feet. Another weird symptom of the skin is “COVID-19 toes.” Some people have experienced red and purple colored toes that swell and burn. Good news! These symptoms are not severe and do not require hospitalization.
Older people have experienced confusion, dizziness and hallucination when infected with COVID-19. Due to low oxygen levels in the brain and inflammation, this can trigger hallucinations. However, these symptoms will subside once the person becomes uninfected.
A troubling trend in COVID-19 infected individuals is blood clots. Depending on the clot’s original location, it can cause a pulmonary embolism, heart attack or stroke. If prescribed, physicians recommend that patients continue to take their blood thinner medication to reduce their risk of blood clots.
In some people, COVID-19 may cause light sensitivity, irritation, swollen eyelids, enlarged red blood vessels, increased discharge and excessive watering. These symptoms are more common in people with a severe infection, which requires hospitalization.
High Blood Sugar
Hyperglycemia, high blood sugar levels, is common among patients with any infection. If you notice your blood sugar levels are high, please contact your physician. It can be an underlying symptom of COVID-19 or a misdiagnosis of diabetes. Moreover, diabetics should monitor their blood sugar levels and practice public health measures during the pandemic.
Gastrointestinal problems, including those of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines and anus, are common symptoms in people with COVID-19. However, they are not respiratory symptoms. People may experience a loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms typically last a day. However, if you experience diarrhea for more than a few days, it can be a sign of a severe problem. If your diarrhea lasts longer than four weeks, it can be a sign of chronic disease, and you should schedule an appointment with your physician immediately.
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