Doctors identify latest symptom of coronavirus

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Doctors treating COVID-19 now say purple or blue toe lesions appearing on patients’ toes may be a way to diagnose infection, as they have appeared in otherwise asymptomatic and severe cases; However, so far there has been no conclusive study to validate the phenomenon now referred to as “COVID toes.” “

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“They’re usually painful to the touch and may have a stinging sensation,” Dr. Ebbing Lautenbach, chief of infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, told USA Today.

Lautenbach said COVID toes are disproportionately present in children and young adults, who might otherwise be asymptomatic or test negative in the early stages of the virus.

Oddly enough, the more severe COVID-19 patients also presented with COVID toes, said Susan Wilcox, Massachusetts General Hospital intensive care chief for the emergency department, who said United States today that this symptom is more common in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

There are two possible explanations for COVID toes, according to Lautenbach: It could be a localized inflammatory response to an infection that presents in a person’s foot and toes, or it could be a blood vessel clot – more research is needed.

Purple and blue lesions on the toes are also present in patients with severe flu or viral pneumonia, according to Wilcox.

No conclusive research has been done on COVID toes, experts warn, so all explanations and evidence are still anecdotal at this point.

Key context

Common symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, fatigue, dry cough, and some people may experience pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhea, among other symptoms, according to the doctor. World Health Organization. It usually takes five to six days from the point of infection for a person to start showing symptoms of the disease, although it can take up to 14 days – and some cases are completely asymptomatic. In case of fever, cough or breathing difficulties, WHO recommends that you see a doctor.

Further reading

Coronavirus Questions and Answers (COVID-19) (World Health Organization)

What are “COVID toes”? Doctors Find Symptom Of Coronavirus Mostly Seen In Children (United States today)

What are “COVID toes”? (The cup)

Coronavirus Self-Checker (Center for Disease Control)

What are the symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus and when should you see a doctor? (Forbes)

Coronavirus COVID-19: How long are you contagious and do the symptoms last? (Forbes)

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