The second wave of coronavirus has unfolded scarier symptoms, which are vaguely different from its classic signs.
While we do know about the virus's impact on vital organs, there's a lot that we still don't look out for as COVID markers. Some signs can be missed easily and be quite scary. The SARS-COV-2 virus's ability to cause skin infections and symptoms being one of them.
Look out for these crucial symptoms of skin infections.
More than 40% of COVID+ patients now record skin changes as primary signs of infection.
Inflammation is one of the first signs that show up on the skin. Newer studies have now warned that having certain signs on the nails, such as a 'clear line' growing out of their nails, may sign some people have contracted the illness before. Apart from this, there are also many other skin manifestations of the infection that should be checked out at once. We tell you about a few ones:
1. COVID Nails and Toes
While COVID toes have been a long-discussed unusual COVID symptom, COVID nails are the newest symptom to be concerned about. Distinct markings on the nailbeds could also serve as an indication that a person might have contracted a COVID-19 infection in the past.
As we continue to learn more about the symptomatic manifestations of the viral infection, newer studies have established that the infection and recovery could leave visible lines or patches on the nails. While this may be harmless, viral spread in the extremities can also show up in the form of discoloration, lesions or be rough to touch. COVID toes can also cause the tips of the toes or fingers to form a bluish-tinge and be painful. Stress resultant of the infection can also cause some signs on the nails and skin, and even hair, which are all indicators of how healthy we really are.
2. Rashes and Blisters
Rashes can be itchy, painful and act up when there's widespread inflammation on the skin. Catching COVID-19 could also be a reason that you get unusual skin rashes.
What's also starkly different with COVID rashes is that they could show up on any part of your body- from your arms, back of the neck, thighs to the toes. It usually happens when the virus multiply and attacks linings along the arteries and veins, which could be red, itchy, or bumpy looking. Sometimes, patchy, discolored skin could also happen when there's reduced oxygen flow in the body. Inflammation can also show up in the form of reddish, purplish bumps in and around the nails or the toes. Neck and chest eczema, for those prone to skin infections, could also be signs to worry. Most of all, it could also strike those who suffer from a mild or asymptomatic form of infection.
According to experts, the presence of urticaria, or hives in an unusual manner, could also signify that COVID-19 is rapidly spreading to your skin. What's peculiar and different about this COVID symptom is that, unlike other rashes, hives could come and go within hours, and resolve on their own. However, it could be painful, itchy and cause bumps across the surface of the skin. Case studies have also shown that this symptom could also come up long after a patient has defeated the virus.
4. Dryness around the Lips
Dry lips or oral rash could also happen to a person who has an active COVID infection. Developing dry, scaly lips during the infection phase can be common and the soreness can also spread inside the mouth. It is most likely a cause of skin dryness and blisters which happen with the infection. Dry lips can also happen when you are dehydrated, or not getting ample nutrition during recovery.
Apart from this, doctors also warn patients at home to be doubly careful about observing a bluish tint on the lips, and pale skin, which could be signs of major oxygen deprivation and also require urgent medical attention.
5. Skin Sensitivity
In the growing list of symptoms observed with the second wave of COVID is skin sensitivity. Extreme sensitivity in the upper abdomen is now being increasingly seen amongst patients testing positive for the virus, and could even make it difficult for them to wear clothes properly. The itchy, uncomfortable sensation, while is less documented is linked to mast cell activation, caused by widespread inflammation.
How do you differentiate skin infections and COVID symptoms?
As experts continue to research, skin symptoms and unusual rashes shouldn't be brushed across easy.
While a lot of these symptoms could also strike when you have a skin infection or allergy, be on the lookout for the progression of the symptoms. According to many, skin symptoms show up in the early phase of the infection, and are followed up by a fever, cough and other usual signs of the COVID-19 infection.
Depending on your symptoms and the time, get tested and follow proper guidelines. Diabetic patients, younger kids and those vulnerable to skin allergies and infections should be doubly careful.
Author: Dr. Sheenam Sharma
Skin Specialist in Chandigarh
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