Coated tongue becoming more widespread as coronavirus symptom-Expert
London, Jan. 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-More people in Britain who have coated tongue have later tested positive to coronavirus. An expert has told the public to look out for this ‘strange symptom coated tongue and unusual mouth ulcers because they could be a sign that you need to self-isolate.
Metro News quoted Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist at King’s College London, as saying that an increasing number of coronavirus patient he attended to were suffering with uncomfortable symptoms in their mouth – such as a coated tongue.
He said around one in five infected with the virus will show less common symptoms, as he urged people to stay at home even if they suffer with minor complaints that could be put down to another cause.
According to the NHS website, the three main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a continuous cough and loss or change to smell and taste.
Mr Spector, lead scientist on the Zoe Covid Symptom Study UK Infection Survey, wrote on Twitter: ‘One in five people with Covid still present with less common symptoms that don’t get on the official PHE list – such as skin rashes [sic]. ‘Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers.
One in five people with Covid still present with less common symptoms that dont get on the official PHE list – such as skin rashes. Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers . If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue stay at home ! pic.twitter.com/V04CiZNilK— Tim Spector (@timspector) January 13, 2021
The expert said to look out for ‘Covid tongue’ (Credits: Tim Spector/Twitter)
‘If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue stay at home!’
Alongside his tweet he shared an example of ‘Covid tongue’ which showed patchy chunks of thick white coating on a coronavirus sufferer’s tongue.
Public health physician Gabriel Scally said reported symptoms in the mouth have been linked to Covid-19 for some time. She said the medical name for acute swelling of the tongue as part of a syndrome is called ‘glossitis’.
The president of epidemiology and public health at Royal Society of Medicine told The Sun: ‘It is such a problematic virus to treat as it produces effects in such a wide range of body systems.’
Some report having none of the three main symptoms of coronavirus, while others have suffered with extreme fatigue, brain fog, upset stomach, headaches and muscle pain.
Others have struggled with Long Covid, which is believed to affect between 10-30% of people who catch the virus and have symptoms, and is defined as a symptomatic disease lasting longer than 12 weeks.
Patients typically have extreme fatigue, chest pain, breathlessness, muscle aches and brain fog, but there are many other reported symptoms.