A new analysis showed that Covid-19 patients with “prolonged” may experience persistent skin symptoms, with one patient reporting “covid toe” for almost six months.
The analysis was conducted on patients listed on the International Dermatological Registry COVID-19, the world’s largest coronavirus patient registry with dermatological symptoms. Nearly 1,000 cases were registered from patients in 39 countries.
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While most dermatological symptoms last an average of 12 days, some patients report longer duration.
Dr. Esther Freeman, registry chief investigator and director of the Department of Global Health Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said: “When we started looking at symptom duration, one these patients are having truly unbelievably long-lasting symptoms. “In particular, we’ve seen that with chilblains, also known as Covid toes, where they have had skin symptoms for more than 60 days.”
Two patients had a much longer duration: One patient had Covid toes for more than 130 days, and another patient had them for more than 150 days.
“They had swollen toes, discolored toes and toe pain for months,” says Freeman. “They’ve got this kind of really nagging inflammation.” And sadly, not many doctors can do for these patients. Freeman explained that there is currently no cure for covid toes.
Other skin symptoms include a rash, which lasts about five days in most cases, and scaly patches and plaques, known as “papular eruptions,” which last about 20 days. Symptoms vary that may indicate the severity of a Covid-19 infection: Freeman says only about 16% of patients with Covid toes are hospitalized, while 100% of patients have the so-called condition. Retinal purpura (a rapidly spreading red or purple rash, manifested in a reticular pattern) was admitted to the hospital.
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Freeman says that while the registry mainly monitors dermatological symptoms, it also monitors other symptoms people with confirmed coronavirus are experiencing. Some people with persistent skin symptoms also report other symptoms, such as a persistent cough and fatigue. Outside the registry, there have been a myriad of lingering symptoms caused by COVID-19 including heart damage, lung scarring, kidney abnormalities, hair loss, mental health problems, insomnia, and symptoms. nerve.
The analysis, which will be discussed at the 29th European Institute of Dermatology and Dermatology, may make sense in understanding other persistent symptoms in patients with prolonged COVID-19, Freeman said.
“This data adds to our knowledge of how Covid-19 can affect many different organ systems, even after the patient has recovered,” Freeman said in a press release. acute infectious disease. “The skin can provide a visual window for an infection that may be going on elsewhere on the body.”
While some lingering symptoms may sound frightening, Freeman stresses that it occurs only in a small number of patients and does not appear to lead to any significant health risks.
“The big toe disappears relatively quickly, and they go away on their own, and they don’t seem to have much lasting effect,” she said. “I don’t want people to panic. I think it’s important to rest assured that this is often associated with fairly mild illness … It’s important to realize that there is a small group of patients who seem to have illnesses. This is really persistent.
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