Ómicron: What should I take if I have symptoms: paracetamol or ibuprofen?

Since its discovery last November in South Africa, the variant Omicron of coronavirus slowly began to clear certain doubts about its actions, symptoms, speed of infection and severity in our body, although there are still some details to know.

It is known that Ómicron is the predominant variant in the largest districts of our country and, as anticipated by the specialists who discovered it more than a month ago, it is much more contagious than the Delta, its predecessor.

The variant identified in South Africa on November 24 has 50 new mutations compared to the original virus and more than 32 mutations in the S gene, several of them related to increased transmissibility and escape from immunity.

According to the studies carried out, Ómicron multiplies more in the nose, throat and upper airways, and to a lesser extent in the lungs unlike Delta.

Ómicron: What are your symptoms?

Most of the symptoms of this variant coincide with those of Delta, that is, it is found itchy or sore throat, stuffy nose, dry cough, headache, and fever, are some of those that can be cited.

However, there are others that are specific to this strain such as night sweats, or body pain. Even studies of United Kingdom Y U.S reported that some people experienced other symptoms, such as red or inflamed eyes and hair loss.

Recently the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned about another series of symptoms that could identify it. These are: Shortness of breath, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, inability to wake up or stay awake, and pale, gray, or bluish skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.

What to take to relieve symptoms?

Experts from the Mayo Clinic, one of the most prestigious in the United States, recommend that in case of fever you can choose either of the two medications, since “There is no evidence to suggest that ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided.”

The components of the paracetamol They work directly with the nerves and receptors in the brain to relieve pain, making it more effective for headaches. Regarding the ibuprofen, reduces inflammation at the point of injury, making it more suitable for muscle aches. However, if you have both options, some specialists recommend opting for paracetamol.

“Although it has not been shown, as was said at the beginning of the pandemic, that ibuprofen complicates Covid-19, paracetamol is recommended because it is more antipyretic”, explained the doctor Lorenzo Armenteros placeholder image, spokesperson for the Spanish Society of General and Family Physicians.

Being more “antipyretic”, Paracetamol controls fever better and has fewer side effects. “On the other hand,” he adds, “it is a little more effective in combating symptoms such as back pain, muscle aches and headaches, which are very common in these processes.”

How long does it take to take effect?

Regarding the time of effect, according to the recognized tool for consultation of pharmaceutical products PR Vademecum, ibuprofen acts on the symptoms after 30 minutes until reaching its maximum effect is 1 to 2 hours.

Paracetamol, on the other hand, relieves 30 to 60 minutes after the first dose and its half-life is around de two hours after therapeutic doses.

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