COVID-19: Don’t ignore these signs on your toes

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The signs and symptoms of coronavirus declared pandemic by the World Health Organization vary widely. While some remain clearly asymptomatic, others suffer from pneumonia which can become fatal.

However, a little-known symptom is currently being discussed in dermatology circles called “COVID toes”. This is a condition where frostbite or frostbite like purple frostbite appears on the hands or feet of people who otherwise would not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

In whom were these bumps the most noticed?

Young people, including children.

Where was the phenomenon first noticed?

In Italy, Dr. Sanober Amin, dermatologist at Grapevine TX, was quoted by Dallas-Fort Worth News.

Are these lesions a confirmation of COVID-19?

Fox News cited Dr. Amy Paller, chair of the department of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who recently reportedly seen large numbers of teens and young adults with painful bumps or sores on tiptoes.

“Sometimes itchy, often painful,” she reportedly said. “These are individuals who are often without any other signs of viral infection. We see this in unprecedented numbers during the COVID pandemic. “

However, as the tests are limited, these lesions are not conclusive.

“There have been children who have tested positive, there have been children who have tested negative,” said Paller. “Most of those who have not had a test and we are awaiting the release of antibody tests … to further answer the question of the relationship with COVID-19. “

That said, some skin experts, such as Dr. Esther Freeman, dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, have been cited by American media calling for the establishment of welts as a test criterion.

Are these lesions painful?

“They are usually painful to the touch and can have a burning sensation,” said Dr. Ebbing Lautenbach, chief of infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania medical school, on Wifr 23.

“COVID toes” in some people may go away within a week to 10 days, but others progress to respiratory symptoms, added Lautenbach.

A possible 39-year-old patient was quoted by Today as saying, “The affected toes were initially sore to the touch and a little sore when walking … The pain and pain lasted a little over a week and gradually disappeared.”

What could be causing it?

“One hypothesis is that there is just a lot of inflammation caused by the virus,” said Freeman. The condition resembles a pernio, caused by exposure to cold temperatures, resulting in inflammation, which can appear as sores or skin bumps.

The other theory is that the symptom is due to clots of blood vessels, which can occur in COVID-19 patients.

“I don’t feel comfortable saying it’s one or the other,” said Freeman. “It could be a bit of both. “

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