What is COVID Toe?
The British Journal of Dermatology Researchers have so far observed 5 clinical patterns of the COVID-19 cases. One such is COVID Toe. COVID Toe is a kind of rash that is being developed in COVID-19 patients.
According to the study, COVID Toe was observed in 19% of patients infected with COVID-19. The dermatologists call the red rashes as Pseudo-Chilblain lesions. They are small red and itchy patches that occur on the fingers and toes when exposed to cold.
Chilblains occur due to inflammation of blood vessels and response to repeated exposure of cold air. It usually goes away in one or three weeks. However, this was not the case with Chilblains like patches due to COVID-19.
Five Clinical Patterns Observed
According to the study, five clinical patterns were observed in patients with COVID-19 infection. They are as follows
- Small blisters on the limbs and trunks were found on 9% of COVID-19 patients. It was more among middle aged patients
- White of pink skin that looked like nettle rashes were observed in 19% of patients
- Maculopapules were found in more than 47% of patients. Maculopapules are small, raised and flat red bumps that were common in patients with severe infections.
- Livedo occurred in 6% of patients. Livedo is condition where the skin looked blotchy red or blue. It has signs of poor circulation of blood.
Month: Current Affairs - May, 2020
Category: Science & Technology Current Affairs