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Coronavirus symptoms update: The three warning signs of an infection found on the skin

The deadly COVID-19 is an infectious disease that has been confirmed in more than seven million people around the world. Symptoms found on the skin have been present in many COVID-19 patients. What are the three warning signs found on the skin warning of a possible infection?


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The College of Podiatry said: “News reports continue to highlight some of the suspected skin-related symptoms associated with COVID-19 infections.

“As a new infection, healthcare professionals are still learning more about the effects of the disease but further reports from dermatologists and journals are noticing that the skin can be affected with various rashes across the body and limbs.

“These include chicken pox like spots, red itchy areas and urticaria.

“Many viral infections are known to produce skin changes, and, whilst there has been an increase in some evidence suggesting a link between certain acral skin lesions and COVID-19, we still do not have any conclusive evidence that all those being observed at the moment are associated COVID-19 infection.”

What are the three signs on the skin warning of an infection


British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) said these lesions, affecting hands and feet, may resemble chilblains.

It added: “Chilblains are small, itchy swellings on the skin which are small red or purple spots, caused by bleeding under the skin.

“They are usually asymmetrical and associated with younger patients.

“They could cause pain or itchiness and were present in 19 percent of COVID-19 patients.”

Urticarial lesions

These consist of pink or white raised areas of skin resembling nettle rash, known as wheals which are usually itchy.

BAD explained: “These lesions are mostly disturbed in the trunk of the body or spread across the body.

“A few cases were on the palms of the hands.”


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Vesicular eruptions

Vesicular eruptions are outbreaks of small blisters, some of these presented on the trunk.

BAD advised: “They may also affect the limbs, may be filled with blood and become larger or more spread out.

“This symptom is associated with middle aged patients and appeared more commonly before other symptoms and was associated with intermediate severity.

“Itching was common and appeared in 9 percent of COVID-19 patients.”

Some people with COVID-19 have presented with less typical symptoms including nausea, diarrhoea, delirium and nose congestions.

Dr Eric Cioe-Pena, an emergency physician and director of global health at Northwell Health said: “Respiratory symptoms tend to be the most common, obviously, but we’ve also seen symptoms that involve other organ systems.”

People with atypical symptoms of the infection may develop more classic symptoms as well, such as fever, muscle aches, sore throats, and trouble breathing.

If a person notices unusual skin lesions or rashes, it’s important to monitor these symptoms and take the appropriate precautions. 

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  • Posted on June 19, 2020