We already know that the coronavirus generates symptoms such as fever, dry cough, shortness of breath and other less common symptoms such as diarrhea, loss of smell or taste. Apparently to this significant list are added other new possible signs such as skin rashes and infectious dermatoses.
The study, led by Italian dermatologist Sebastiano Recalcati, from the Alessandro Manzoni hospital in Lecco (Lombardy, Italy), indicates that 20.4% of a total of 88 patients examined developed skin manifestations.
Of these 18 patients, eight had skin irritations at the onset of the disease, while the other ten experienced them after hospitalization. Dermatological problems ranged from basic skin rashes (in 14 patients), red welts (in three patients), and chicken pox vesicles (in one patient). The most affected part of the body was the trunk area.
The study, accepted for publication in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, highlights that these signs usually cured in a few days and did not affect the severity of the disease. While some patients experienced little itchy skin, others did not experience it at all.
However, it is difficult to determine if these skin manifestations were caused precisely by the coronavirus . In this sense, the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venerology ( AEDV ) drew attention to a study that indicated that they could be an allergic reaction to the drugs with which they treat patients.
In China , some scientists also pointed out that some previously diagnosed dermatological diseases , such as rosacea, atopic dermatitis, or neurodermatitis, can be aggravated by emotional stress.
The Italian study also emphasizes that these manifestations observed in those infected with coronaviruses are similar to those that can appear during any viral infection.
IRRITATIONS ON THE FEET OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH
In April, the Spanish dermatologist Pablo Luis Ortiz Romero , from the University Hospital of Madrid , shared in his Twitter account images of dermatological injuries that arose in the feet of a young man who was in close contact with a person infected with Covid-19 and who did not I had a fever, just a little cough.
Ortiz added that “the majority of cases are asymptomatic or with few symptoms ” and “the lesions seem to improve spontaneously”, while “treatment could accelerate the elimination of these symptoms but it would not be essential “.