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Doctors Reveal Skin Problems As New Symptoms of COVID-19

Research to see the specific symptoms of COVID-19 is still being done. Including the effects of coronavirus infection on infected patients' skin as revealed by Spanish dermatologists some time ago.

Dermatologists in Spain found purple lesions or sores on the skin of the foot of a COVID-19 patient. They say children and adolescents are most likely to experience these signs even though some are reported to occur in adults.

These lesions look similar to chickenpox and tend to appear around the toes. The Spanish General Council of Official Podiatrists said there were several cases found in European countries such as Italy, France, and Spain.

"This is a strange finding that began to spread yesterday in the field of health care, among dermatologists and podiatrists," they said as quoted by Express on Friday (4/17/2020).

Doctors Reveal Skin Problems As New Symptoms of COVID-19
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Cannot Be Defined As a Definite Symptom

The doctors said that in general, they would recover without dying on the skin.

Of course, this finding cannot be established as a definite symptom of COVID-19. The experts also stressed that they still lack scientific evidence that can be discussed.

Even so, the doctors asked that podiatrists be more aware of this possibility.

"The council wants to convey a calming message to parents and possible victims, given the benign nature of the lesion, and to remember that they must monitor the appearance of other clinical symptoms that are characteristic of COVID-19 such as coughing, fever, respiratory problems," foot doctors said. From Newshub.

This statement was released after an article published by the International Federation of Podiatrist about the first case with these symptoms. In its report, on March 8, a 13-year-old boy suffered a wound in his leg after being bitten by a spider. This teenager was then diagnosed with COVID-19 after experiencing coronavirus symptoms.

Rash Symptoms

The Cleveland Clinic also revealed several reports related to skin problems from coronavirus infection in the form of rashes in Italy and Thailand. However, this condition cannot be ascertained as a result of COVID-19.

"I am not sure it is widely known outside the dermatology community, and we are just beginning to see this report even in the dermatology literature," said dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, Sarah Young. He added, there were no specific skin rash symptoms that were known to occur in patients.

Quoted from the official Cleveland Clinic website, the American Academy of Dermatology has also made a list of doctors and health professionals who treat patients with dermatological manifestations or develop skin problems that are likely related to COVID-19.

"I think the report is starting to appear, so right now we are building this type of list, I think we will start to see more information about skin symptoms," Young said.

Varied Symptoms

Images using an undated electron microscope in February 2020 showed the SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) coronavirus emerging from the surface of the cells (blue/pink) cultured in the laboratory. Virus and cell samples were taken from a patient infected with COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Young revealed the initial report of a dermatologist who worked on coronavirus patients in Italy found that 88 percent of positive patients, 20 percent of them experienced skin problems in the form of rashes at the beginning of the disease and increased slightly more during hospitalization.

Of the patients who experienced it, some people developed a bumpy red rash. Others also experience urticaria or itching, and one has blisters such as chickenpox.

Another note in Thailand also experienced a COVID-19 patient who was initially diagnosed with dengue suffering from petechiae or ruptured blood vessels, a characteristic rash that occurs in dengue fever.

Young also reports that patients have spots as a result of possible blockage of blood vessels near the skin.

"This varies greatly, what we see, and the reported rash can be seen in a variety of other diseases. So no specific rash reported so far states: yes, this patient has COVID-19," Young said.

Therefore, dermatologists are exploring whether this type of rash is a clue to the severity of the disease.

"Does the rash affect the prognosis? We don't know that yet."

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