COVID leaves a trail of patients suffering from debilitating symptoms months after initial infection.
Dubbed “Long Covid,” the condition often causes chronic fatigue and physical pain.
According to studies, over two million adults in England could have the disease.
The most commonly noticed signs include extreme tiredness, loss of smell, muscle pain and shortness of breath.
But now scientists have discovered a new symptom.
It comes as another new Covid variant called Eris sweeps the UK.
World Health Organization officials say there is no evidence the subvariant causes more serious illnesses – but it is more contagious.
The study, published in The lancet A new symptom of the condition was described in the medical journal after a 33-year-old man was referred to a specialist clinic.
The patient had had what the authors describe as “rapid purple discoloration” on the legs for six months.
When standing, his legs felt increasingly heavy and turned a “tingly, itchy, and cloudy” color.
He also got a rash on his feet that didn’t go away until he sat down.
The condition known as acrocyanosis typically occurs in the hands and feet, but can also occur in the nose and ears.
This happens when there is not enough oxygen in the blood in that part of the body or blood flow is compromised.
The condition is not harmful, says the NHS.
co-author dr. Manoj Sivan, from the University of Leeds, said this was a particularly “conspicuous” case of acrocyanosis.
“Patients experiencing this may not be aware that it may be a symptom of long-Covid and dysautonomia [malfunctioning of the nervous system]and may be concerned about what they are seeing,” he said metro.
He said doctors may also be unaware of the link between acrocyanosis and long Covid.
“We need to ensure that there is more awareness of dysautonomia in long-Covid patients so that clinicians have the tools they need to treat patients appropriately,” he explained.
The NHS is offering long-term Covid services for people whose lives are being negatively impacted by the disease
People may be referred to a specialist service, a rehabilitation service, or a service that specializes in specific symptoms.
Latest data shows that Eris is the second most common strain of Covid in the UK, accounting for 14.6 per cent of cases, according to the UK Health Security Agency.
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.
List of Common Long Covid Symptoms
Most people with Covid get better within a few days or weeks of the first symptoms.
However, if you don’t fully recover within 12 weeks, you could be suffering from long-term Covid illness.
The most common symptoms of Long-Covid are:
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- feel short of breath
- loss of smell
- Sore muscles
However, there are many symptoms that can occur after a Covid infection, including:
- Problems with your memory and concentration (“brain fog”)
- chest pain or tightness
- sleep disorders (insomnia)
- needles and pins
- joint pain
- depression and anxiety
- Tinnitus, earache
- Nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite
- Fever, cough, headache, sore throat, changes in smell or taste
- skin rashes