Suffering from vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain without fever? It could be due to an Omicron infection, and experts say you should get tested for Covid if you have these abdominal symptoms, even without respiratory symptoms or fever.
Omicron can affect your gut except the upper respiratory tract, and abdominal symptoms are becoming more common in people infected with the new strain. Even people who have been vaccinated experience these new symptoms.
Some of the new symptoms of Covid-19 include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea.
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“People may initially have abdominal symptoms without respiratory symptoms. The symptoms that may present include back pain, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. This may be due to Omicron infecting the intestinal mucosa and the resulting inflammation,” says Dr. . Manoj Goel, Director, Pulmonology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram.
The expert says that although double-vaccinated people also get complaints of stomach complaints, these symptoms are not harmful and not very worrisome.
“Do not give abdominal pain, nausea and loss of appetite like a normal flu, isolate yourself if you have symptoms. Avoid self-medication, including the so-called safe Ayurvedic treatment without consulting your doctor. Try to maintain good hydration, eat regularly, small, healthy and light meals, including nuts. Avoid spicy foods and alcohol. Symptoms if they are mild may not be a problem,” says Dr. Goel.
“You should test for Covid if you have abdominal symptoms, even without respiratory symptoms or fever, as it could be due to an Omicron infection,” he added.
Tips to manage gut symptoms like nausea and vomiting when infected with Omicron, according to the expert
* People should eat freshly cooked food with good hand hygiene.
* Avoid sharing meals with others.
* All raw fruits should be washed thoroughly before consuming.
* Avoid eating outside and even if you are vaccinated, adhere to all covid safety protocols.
Omicron, the newest variant of concern, is spreading rapidly as scientists around the world conduct studies to better understand it, and will likely become a dominant species soon. The variant not only spreads more efficiently than the delta variant, which usually causes mild illness, but is also said to be able to re-infect people who have previously had a Covid infection or even been double vaccinated.
According to experts, Omicron’s symptoms mimic the characteristics of a common flu and affect the upper respiratory tract. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), some of the most common symptoms associated with Omicron are coughing, fatigue, congestion and runny nose. Scientists have also noted that loss of smell and taste is less common in people who recently tested positive for this newest strain.