Doctors say they are overwhelmed by calls from people whose only sign of the new coronavirus is bruising and foot damage.
The mysterious symptom is called “COVID toes” and they have mainly been spotted in children and adolescents.
Even more surprising is the absence of other traditional symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Despite the growing number of cases in the United States and around the world, rashes are not on the official symptoms list of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A new symptom of coronavirus – bruising, rash and foot damage – has been dubbed “COVID toes” (photo)
COVID toes (left and right) usually appear in children and adolescents who have no other symptoms such as fever or cough. Doctors say they are inundated with rash appeals, but don’t know what is causing the symptom
Dr. Lindy Fox, a dermatologist at the University of California at San Francisco, told Fox 5 NY that she had seen “many, many people” with COVID toes.
“Almost too much to count,” she told the local news channel.
“Dermatologists are inundated with calls from people saying,” What are these purple changes on my toes and fingers? “
Pink and purple toes have been spotted for the first time among people infected in Europe, mainly in Spain, Italy and France.
Some health experts say this can be a sign of the spread and rapid spread of the disease.
“This is becoming a sign that COVID-19 may be more prevalent in our society than we actually thought,” Dr. Fox, a member of the COVID-19 working group at the American Academy of Dermatology, told Fox 5 NY.
So why do people develop a rash and discoloration on their feet?
Doctors say it is common for people to develop rashes when they are fighting infections, especially viral respiratory infections like COVID-19.
It is not known exactly what causes the skin reaction, but this can be due to several reasons, including tiny clots in the blood vessels of the toes or a response to antibiotics.
“It’s not uncommon for someone to have a viral infection and have a rash or spots on their body,” said pulmonologist Dr. Humberto Choi of the Cleveland Clinic in a blog article.
Since there are so many different types of rashes that patients can contract, there is no regimen related to COVID-19.
Doctors say COVID toes usually go away on their own in about a week without long-term damage to the skin.
However, if you experience a rash on the foot spontaneously without any other symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
In the United States, there are more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of the virus and more than 69,000 deaths.