Turning COVID-19 Positive May Attract Skin Problems

skin problems from covid

Coronavirus is still a medical mystery! Though fever, fatigue, cold, cough etc appears to be the primary coronavirus symptoms, Dermatologists have identified another odd potential symptom – Skin Problems! Coronavirus-positive patients are now reporting skin conditions they’re suffering with. 

While treating suspected and confirmed coronavirus-positive patients, Doctors have found some skin problems:

  1. In some COVID-19 +ve cases, abnormal eruptions on the skin occur.
  2. Red rashes, swellings, chickenpox-like vesicles and itchiness are found on the skin.
  3. Skin bruises that healed up by itself in a few days after its onset were observed with some COVID-19 positive patients.
    Note: These Skin Problems had no dependency on the severity of the coronavirus disease.
  4. Recurring rash was noted in an 8-month old baby, it started with inner thighs and spread to other parts,  the baby also developed swelling of her hands, feet, and right eyelid.
  5. Frostbite-like skin issues called COVID-Toes were reported by doctors who were treating some COVID-19 positive patients. Feet and fingers were turned red or purple unexpectedly and had nothing to do with the weather.
  6. In some hospitalized COVID-19 patients, purplish net-like blood clotting abnormalities were seen.
  7. Dead skin cells, on the arms, legs, and buttocks were noted too in some.
  8. COVID-19 may aggravate a pre-existing skin disease too.

Stay SAFE, Follow Social Distancing, Protect yourself and others from COVID-19.



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Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.