We know fever, fatigue, a dry cough, and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, but now dermatologists in France have found the virus can cause unusual manifestations on the skin that might signal infection.
According to the New York Post, the French National Union of Dermatologists-Venereologists (SNDV), found dermatological signs like pseudo-frostbite, hives, and persistent redness have been associated with COVID-19. The sudden redness can be painful, said the doctors.
"We are alerting the public and the medical profession in order to detect these potentially contagious patients as quickly as possible," the SNDV said in a press release.
The doctors advised patients to seek medical consultations in the event they experience such symptoms.
According to The Hospitalist, skin manifestations were also observed in one-fifth of a group of patients with COVID-19 in the Alessandro Manzoni Hospital in Lecco, in northern Italy.
Dermatologists were pulled from their regular duties to observe the unusual symptoms in 148 COVID-19 patients. They found 20.5% developed skin manifestations, according to The Hospitalist.
Some patients exhibited skin eruptions at the onset of the disease while others developed them after hospitalization. The doctors found that 78% of the patients with skin symptoms had red rashes while others had widespread urticaria — round, red welts on the skin that can itch intensely. The trunk of the body was the most commonly affected area.
In the U.S., Randy Jacobs, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, Riverdale, confirmed we have seen similar symptoms here in America, says The Hospitalist.
"Many have wondered if COVID-19 presents with any particular skin changes," he said. "The answer is yes."
Jacobs had a 67-year-old patient come in with a painful purple ulcer, called a livedoid vascular eruption on his right thigh, and blood in his urine. His COVID-19 test came back positive and then he developed the typical signs of dry cough and hacking.
According to the Post, if you are experiencing any sort of skin issue, you should contact your doctor because all dermatological matters need to be treated regardless of other medical conditions.
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