Medical experts and dermatologists are working tirelessly day by day around the novel COVID-19. New researches and testes suggests that there might be more hidden symptoms of the virus as we are focused on identifying the common symptoms that came along with the virus.
Experts have already suggested a name for it.
Some are calling the phenomenon “COVID toes” or “COVID hands,” according to Dr. Kerri Purdy, president of the Canadian Dermatology Association.
“They’re these painful red and purple bumps that tend to occur at the tips of the toes or on the tops of the feet, or on the tops of the fingers or tips of the fingers,” she said.
Canadian doctors are accustomed to seeing similar lesions, like chilblains associated with cold weather, she said, but it’s more unusual to see them in warm weather.
“In this particular case, we don’t think it’s related to cold injury,” she said.
“It’s felt to be maybe tiny blockages of the small vessels because we think COVID makes people have increased tendency to blood clots.”
“So far in Canada, we haven’t been seeing a ton of it. And I think it may just be that speaking to the fact that our numbers aren’t quite as high as in those other locations,” Purdy said.
“I think it’s important for people to know that with any viral illness, we do tend to see rashes,” she said. These might be hives, rashes that resemble psoriasis, or come in other forms but no specifically rashes.
“Children are more prone to rashes as the result of viral infections than adults” she added.
Purdy believes that while “COVID toes” and other skin issues aren’t a definitive sign of COVID-19, they should be added to the list of possible symptoms.
“I think the chance that this is a possible symptom is quite high,” she said. “I don’t think it’s a very common symptom. But I think only time will tell where the evidence supports that, because you’ll notice that with COVID, things are changing so quickly.”
That doesn’t mean that if you have a rash, you necessarily have COVID-19, though.
“Unexplained rash would be things that you could add to that list, just as something for the general public to consider possibly could be related to COVID-19, but also may not be” she said.
“But that’s the same for cough, for fever, first runny nose and headache. You know, there’s a bunch of causes of all those things, but I think it would be not unreasonable to add it to the list of things that people might be looking out for.”
There might be more possible symptoms that we thought about.