SKIN RASHES MAY BE SYMPTOM OF CORONAVIRUS, SCIENTISTS SAY






Coronavirus symptoms may include skin problems, such as rashes and so-called "COVID toes," experts believe. One small study in Italy found 20 percent of COVID-19 patients had skin problems, while anecdotal evidence from other countries indicates a link between dermatological problems and the virus.

Over the weekend, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its list of COVID-19 symptoms to watch for. The agency added chills, muscle pain, headache, a sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell to its existing list of fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Skin complaints have not been added to the list, however dermatologists are exploring whether they should be. In March, a research letter published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology was the first to detail how COVID-19 may affect the skin.

The researchers studied 88 COVID-19 patients at Lecco Hospital, in Italy's Lombardy region, and found 18 (20.4 percent) had skin issues. Of the total, eight patients developed skin complaints when their COVID-19 symptoms started, and 10 after they were hospitalized. 14 patients had a red rash, three had hives, and one had chickenpox-like blisters. The torso was the most affected area, the team said, and the lesions usually healed in a few days. These issues did not seem to correspond to how sick the patients were, according to the letter.

However, they stressed: "Indisputably we need more papers to confirm and better understand skin involvement in COVID-19."

Responding to that letter, a separate team of dermatologists working at Spain's Ramon y Cajal Hospital in Madrid reported the case of a 32-year-old COVID-19 patient who developed a hive-like rash six days after she first developed coronavirus symptoms. That letter was also published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.




SKIN RASHES MAY BE SYMPTOM OF CORONAVIRUS, SCIENTISTS SAY SKIN RASHES MAY BE SYMPTOM OF CORONAVIRUS, SCIENTISTS SAY Reviewed by Kola Oyewole on April 27, 2020 Rating: 5

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