“COVID Toes” – Is It a Symptom of COVID-19?

The new coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China last year, and scientists around the world are still struggling to learn more about the new coronavirus 24 hours a day. A few months after this deadly outbreak, scientists came up with another symptom associated with a coronavirus infection known as “COVID toes.”

COVID toes are a skin condition that closely resembles chilblains or “pernio” and are characterized by swelling and red discoloration of the toes. The redness turns purple and spreads throughout the foot, which can affect the fingers. People even reported that they were itchy and soft, preventing them from putting on their shoes. Its etiology in COVID-19 remains a potential research topic.

According to a recent report from China, only 0.2% of COVID patients were found with dermatological symptoms. At the same time, April 2020 reports from both Spain and the United States show a fair number of COVID patients suffering from COVID toes. However, these were also found in people who were tested negative for the new coronavirus. The research was conducted on 51 patients with toes like pernio. It showed that none of the patients with these conditions were tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Is “COVID toe” another rumor transferred on Whatsapp?

Researchers who studied 51 patients with Pernio-like skin symptoms suggest that the so-called COVID toes are not due to the new coronavirus. They suggest a “couch potato” lifestyle with the COVID-19 quarantine.

A study was conducted by dermatologist Dr. Ignacio Torres-Navarro and his team at the Rafe Institute of Technology Hospital in Valencia in 20 children with pernio-like symptoms. They said they “mainly appeared in children isolated in homes that were not well suited for individuals who spent long periods of barefoot or just put on socks and had little physical activity.”

Some doctors believe that the toes of COVID can be caused by the body’s inflammatory response to the infection, rather than by the new coronavirus.

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the protective response of our body to foreign pathogens. It is characterized by five basic signs: calories (fever), flushing (redness), drawers (pain), tumors (swelling), and loss of function (loss of function).

Is there anything you care about?

WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have not added COVID toes as one of the symptoms of COVID-19 infection. At present, there is no strong evidence to rule out the association of COVID with such a condition.

Therefore, if you encounter such symptoms, it is wise to take a test. According to the CDC, symptoms can occur at any time between the 2nd and 14th day of exposure to the pathogen. The second important thing you have to do is self-quarantine to prevent further infection with the new coronavirus.

Can the toes of COVID be spread by touch?

The toes of COVID do not spread to the touch, but if you get too close to someone with these symptoms, you will be more accessible and the risk of the virus being inhaled from your respiratory tract increases. Inhalation of droplets remains the most common and common source of infection.

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What is COVID Toe Treatment?

According to researchers, COVID toes resolve spontaneously in a few weeks and do not require any special treatment. However, it is important to consult a dermatologist to rule out other skin conditions that may require medication.

Are there any other skin symptoms associated with COVID-19?

COVID toes are in the limelight as being the most prominent and common skin condition associated with COVID-19, but other conditions may also exist. Some of them are:

● Urticaria: Itching, swelling, reddish skin bumps

● Measles-like rash: Red round or oval spotted lesions that are slightly raised on various parts of the body.

● Chickenpox-like rash: A liquid-filled rash on the surface of the skin that closely resembles a chickenpox rash.

● Livedo reticularis: Reddish blue to purple mottled skin like livedo reticularis. It is common in symptoms such as Raynaud’s disease and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome.

● Petechiae: Fine circular dark purple to brown spots that are the actual blood clots due to the rupture of blood vessels under the skin.

● Multisystem Inflammation Syndrome (MIS-C): Common in children characterized by a widespread rash with swelling of the extremities, inflammation of the mouth, throat, and lips, and swelling of the glands of the neck. This shows that it is somewhat similar to Kawasaki disease.

Should my toes be swollen and suddenly red, should I be tested for COVID-19?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not list toe rashes on the official list of major symptoms of COVID-19 infection, but researchers have found that such skin symptoms If there are, we recommend that you have a test. It can also be transmitted to people with skin symptoms. Therefore, it is important to know what precautions can be taken to prevent the spread of the virus.

Should I go to the emergency room if I have any of these skin conditions?

Unless you have serious symptoms such as high fever, confusion, or shortness of breath, it is advisable to contact your doctor or local health care provider to find out where you can get your COVID-19 test. If you are not yet infected with the coronavirus, you may come into contact with the coronavirus in the emergency room.

COVID-19 Symptoms Listed by WHO

Severe symptoms

● Dyspnea or shortness of breath

● Chest pain and pressure

Less common symptoms

● Body pain and pain

● Sore throat

● Diarrhea

● Conjunctivitis

● Headache

● Loss of taste and smell

● Skin rash

Recently, AIIMS health experts reported that COVID-19 affects almost every organ in our body, and the initial symptoms can be quite different from normal chest complaints. Prevention is better than treatment and is currently the most effective treatment. If you become aware of COVID-19 symptoms, stay away from people with flu-like symptoms and seek medical attention immediately.

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