This Rare Symptom Could Mean You Have a Severe COVID Case
There is a seemingly endless list of symptoms associated with the coronavirus—some are strange, while others are so common they can be easily overlooked. But some of the rarest symptoms may actually be the ones you need to worry about. In fact, experts say one unlikely symptom could mean you have a very severe COVID case: blue lips. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a list of "emergency warning signs" for COVID, which they say are indicators that you should seek emergency medical care immediately. Among those symptoms is the appearance of blueish lips or face. Read on to learn why blue lips could spell danger, and for more major warning signs, If You Have One of These COVID Symptoms, the CDC Says to Call 911."Blue lips, otherwise known as cyanosis, are a COVID symptom that requires immediate medical attention because blue lips are considered a 'late' sign of oxygen deprivation," explains Jenna Liphart Rhoads, PhD, a registered nurse and medical educator for Nurse Together.Rhoads say it's a lack of oxygen in the blood that causes someone's lips to turn a blue color. This is likely to be the most apparent sign of oxygen deprivation because the "skin of the lips is very thin," making cyanosis visible in this body part."Someone with a severe case of COVID could have blue lips if the inflammation in the lungs was enough to decrease the amount of oxygen the lungs and tissues in the body were receiving," she explains.However, Rhoads says blue lips as a coronavirus symptom is quite uncommon. And typically, people are likely to be displaying other respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing, because "for the lips to look blue, respiratory distress would also be very apparent."That doesn't mean there aren't exceptions. Amesh A. Adalja, MD, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told Prevention that "there have been people who, for whatever reason, don't have other symptoms" aside from blue lips. While this is even rarer than having blue lips at all, Adalja says these patients are referred to as "happy hypoxics."In fact, a doctor working in London's Whittington Hospital just reported a case of a man who most likely had happy hypoxia. According to The Sun, Hugh Montgomery, MD, a consultant in intensive care at the hospital, says one of his COVID patients who seemed on the mend died just 15 minutes after he had last checked on him—a result of the patient appearing outwardly fine, but having dangerously low oxygen levels.This is why as soon as blue lips appear, they are considered an emergency symptom. "If a person has decreased blood oxygen enough that the lips are blue, it is already a severe case of COVID," Rhoads warns. Keep reading for more serious coronavirus symptoms you can't ignore, and for other symptoms to be aware of, These 4 Easy-To-Miss Symptoms Could Mean You Have COVID, Experts Say.Read the original article on Best Life.