Richard Terrell astrazeneca rash

A man in Virginia broke out into a scarlet red rash after getting Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine. 

Richard Terrell said his skin condition started out as a ‘slight discomfort’, before it quickly escalated into an itchy, swollen flush covering most of his body, until his skin eventually started peeling off. 

He sought a dermatologist’s help, and the doctor sent him to an emergency room. 

His doctors at the ER ultimately ruled that Terrell’s scary skin condition was indeed a side effect of the vaccine, caused by the frenzied activation of his immune system.

Terrell’s reaction was similar to the ‘Covid arm’ rash seen in some recipients of Moderna’s vaccine. 

The official term used by dermatologists and allergists to describe the side effect is ‘delayed cutaneous hypersensitivity.’

Cutaneous means affecting the skin, hypersensitivity mean an unwanted reaction produced by the immune system and delayed because it typically occurs days after the shot is given.

The rash is typically red and swollen, and sometimes painful to the touch, and  usually appears on the arm in which the vaccine was administered.

Richard Tarrell with rash all over his body

His legs and hands swelled grotesquely and turned a deep, painful purple. 

Richard told the WROIC: “It was stinging, burning and itching. Whenever I bent my arms or legs, like the inside of my knee, it was very painful where the skin was swollen and was rubbing against itself.”

Dr Fnu Nutan, who treated Terrell explained in an interview with the Daily Mail: “We ruled out all the viral infections, we ruled out COVID-19 itself, we made sure that his kidneys and liver was okay, and finally we came to the conclusion that it was the vaccine that he had received that was the cause.

“Skin is the largest organ in the body, and when it gets inflamed like his was, you can lose a lot of fluids and electrolytes.”

The reaction can become life-threatening if left untreated. Allergic reactions to all three COVID-19 vaccines have been reported in the US. 

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