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Coronavirus symptoms: Does your skin look like this? Warning symptom not to be ignored

Coronavirus is an infectious disease which has brought the world to its knees with more than two and a half million people throughout the world being infected. A person may be at risk of the deadly virus if their skin shows unexplained marks.


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Infections and deaths are continuing to rise in the UK.

This comes after a weekend of evidence which shows more individuals are ignoring governments strict urge to stay in doors to reduce the spread. 

The UK’s coronavirus restrictions will last until “at least” 7 May, according to the government.

Following measurements and monitoring potential COVID-19 symptoms remains extremely important.

The most common COVID-19 symptoms include a new, continuous cough and high fever.

However, you could also be at risk of an infection if you notice a new, raised red rash, it has been reported.

According to data from Italy as many as one in five people hospitalised with the deadly infection experienced changes to the skin.

Many developed rashes or a significant change on their skin.

Experts have warned this could potentially be a warning sign of an infection.

In some cases, a rash signified the first or only sign of a COVID-19 infection.

Experts have now warned that a new, raised red rash or unexplained mark could be a sign of COVID-19.

What the expert said

Dr Randy Jacobs, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at University of California spoke of a 67-year-old patient whose first symptom resembled the common cold.

However, a week later, the patient began to develop a rash on his inner thigh and began to urinate blood.

The rash, medically known as transient livedo reticularis, was blocking the patients’ blood vessels near the kidney which caused him to urinate blood.

Dr Jacobs said: “With COVID you see this rash and some of the patients notice it comes and goes.”


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Dr Jacobs spoke to Health.com and said the rash is usually autoimmune related and that he observed it in three of his patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Health.com had reported that a small study of 88 patients in Italy had shown some sort of skin condition. In fact, around 20 percent had rashes on their bodies.

The findings were documented in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology.

Dr Veronique Bataille, NHS consultant dermatologist added: “I have seen quite a few patients who don’t normally suffer form eczema or allergies who have a sudden, odd rash.

“Then maybe two or three days later, they have developed typical COVID-19 symptoms.

“For some patients, we believe a rash may be the only symptom that they get.

“The public should look out for this and other possible symptoms in members of their household.”

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  • Posted on April 27, 2020