Skin rashes, a symptom of Covid 19

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Are skin rashes a symptom of coronavirus? Yes, they are if a new study has to be believed.  The Researchers at King’s College London and Zoe Global Ltd has said that skin rashes could be predictor of the deadly virus.

In their study, they found that 8.8 per cent of the people who tested positive for coronavirus also reported of having a skin rash. As per the NHS guidelines, the symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, persistent cough, and a reduced sense of smell. Skin rashes are not included.

The researchers believed that skin rashes were a clear symptom of covid 19. The rashes are far less common but they last longer and are more specific.  It is a known fact that Coronavirus is primarily a respiratory illness. However, it is also know to affect other organs, including the skin.

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The researchers say that the link between skin manifestations and coronavirus was slower to emerge than it develops for other organs. The study was based on data of 336,847 UK patients who had COVID Symptom. They also looked into the data of 11,546 people who participated in an independent survey on COVID-19-related skin symptoms.

They also corroborated their findings with an independent online survey. They found that 17 per cent of the people who were positive in swab tests showed skin rash as an initial symptom. The researchers concluded that skin rashes should also be considered as a major symptom of Covid 19.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, besides trouble breathing and fever, the warning signs of for Covid-19 included pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

* Fever or chills
* Cough
* Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
* Fatigue
* Muscle or body aches
* Headache
* New loss of taste or smell
* Sore throat
* Congestion or runny nose
* Nausea or vomiting
* Diarrhea

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Recent studies show that coronavirus symptos are not limited to the respiratory system. Besides rashes, headache and muscle pain, symptoms can be spotted on different parts of the body.

Skin rashes are not primitive symptoms of COVID-19 like cold, cough or loss of smell and taste, but they cannot be ignored as well. A recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, 8.8 per cent of all those who tested positive out of 11,544 people developed some of the other types of skin problems.

Red and purple bumps appear on toes of many COVID patients. Due to the bumps, the fingers and toes may appear swollen, but they do not cause irritation.

Another skin issue is Eczema, an inflammatory condition that makes the skin appear inflamed, itchy, cracked, and rough. The rashes are mostly itchy and it my appear during the infection or after it.

Hive is a kind of rash that appears suddenly and over a few hours. They are red, itchy bumps that result from a skin reaction.

Oral rashes is another sign of COVID. This kind of rash appears in the lips. The mouth can even swell from inside leading to difficulty in eating and talking.

Pityriasis rosea (PR), a benign rash, appears on your chest, abdomen, or back. It may appear 4-5 days after the onset of the symptoms and continue to appear for a while.

A recent study showed that COVID-19-associated cutaneous abnormalities can be grouped into 5 major categories:

  • Morbilliform rash (containing macules and papules, resembling measles)

  • Urticaria (itchy red welts)

  • Vesicles (small blisters)

  • Pseudo-chilblains (also known as “COVID toes,” painful inflammation of the digits in response to cold)

  • Vaso-occlusive lesions (due to thrombosis and occlusion of small arteries, with subsequent ischemia).

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