The Delta variant has been reported in more than 120 countries as the dominant strain in countries such as the UK, US and India. It is important to note, that for you to ascertain that you have indeed been affected with the Delta variant, you have to seek a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider.
What To Do If You Suspect You Have the Delta Variant
Try to relax by putting your mind at ease. The best way to achieve this is by visiting your local testing site as soon as possible. It is advisable to visit this page from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' where you can search for Local Health Departments in your area.
Some Symptoms of the Delta Variant
According to CDC officials, a person should request immediate medical attention if experiencing:
- A problem in breathing with ease or unable to draw steady breath.
- Pressure in your chest or lungs accompanied by chronic pain.
- Inability to wake or stay awake or a sense of confusion
- Skin discoloration in pale, gray or blue hues, particularly on your lips or nail beds.
- The skin, lips, and nails are only a few of the virus's symptoms.
In regards to skin tone, be aware of pale, grey, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, as this can indicate a lack of oxygen in the blood. These symptoms are "emergency warning indicators," according to the WHO and a person should seek medical help right away.
Research conducted in 2021 and published in the British Journal of Dermatology determined that by looking at information from over 300000 people in the UK who had uploaded their health history, including all COVID-19 variant test results and symptoms, to the COVID Symptom variants Study app.
The app data showed that, among those who had a positive swab test result, 8.8% also reported skin-related changes. And of those, 6.8% reported body rashes and 3.1% acral rashes (an acral rash is a rash on the extremities like arms and hands, legs, ears and nose.
Delta patients’ now record skin changes as primary signs of infection though many have reported to have had COVID earlier on.
One of The First Signs of Delta Variant
Inflammation is one of the first signs that show up on the skin. Current studies have now given an alert that having certain signs on the nails, such as a 'clear line' growing out of their nails may be a sign some people have contracted the illness before. Apart from this, there are also many other skin manifestations of the infection that should be checked out at once.
Toes have been a long-discussed unusual COVID symptom and COVID nails are the newest symptom to be concerned about . Especially where the Delta variant is concerned. Markings on the nail beds could also serve as an indication that a person might have contracted a COVID infection in the past.
As we continue to learn more about the symptomatic manifestations of the Delta variant viral infection, current studies have recognized that the infection and recovery process could leave visible lines or patches on the nails. While this may be harmless, viral spread in the extremities can also show up in the form of discoloration, lesions or be rough to touch.
Finger and Toe Tips
Delta infection can also cause the tips of the toes or fingers to form a painful bluish-tinge. Stress resultant of the infection can also change the color on the nails, skin and even hair, which all reveal our health status.
Contracting the Delta variant could also cause uncommon skin rashes. They are usually itchy, painful and act up when there's widespread inflammation on the skin. What's also plainly different with these rashes is that they could appear on any part of your body; from your arms to your toes. This happens mostly when the virus begins to multiply and attack linings along the arteries and veins, which could be red to blue, itchy or bumpy looking.
Sometimes, patchy, discolored skin could also happen when there's minimum oxygen flow in the body. Reddish, purplish bumps in and around the nails or the toes could also be caused by inflammation. For those prone to skin infections, neck and chest eczema could be a symptom to watch out for. It could however also infect those who suffer from asymptomatic form of infection.
Urticaria, or hives in an unusual manner could also be a sign that the COVID variant is multiplying in your skin. What's strange and different about this symptom is that, unlike other rashes, hives could come and disappear within hours, and clear up on their own. However, it could be painful, itchy and cause bumps across the surface of the skin. Some studies have also shown that this symptom could also resurface again long after the virus has been treated.
Dryness around the lips
Dry lips or oral rash could also show up in a person who has an active Delta variant infection. The e symptoms are dry, scaly lips during the infection phase and the soreness inside the mouth. Failure to get ample nutrition during recovery as well as dehydration could also cause dry lips.
Extreme sensitivity in the upper abdomen has become a common phenomenon amongst patients testing positive for the virus which is very uncomfortable. The itchy sensation, though less reported is linked to mast cell activation, caused by widespread inflammation.
If you suspect you have the Delta variant of Covid-19 or are experiencing unusual skin symptoms, it's best to check with your doctor to find out what's really going on so you can take the appropriate action to achieve relief. You can also check out our blog post here regarding the skin symptoms of Covid-19.
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