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Can a skin rash be a symptom of a coronavirus?

While the US Centers for Disease Controladding six new symptoms of COVID-19 to previously known symptoms, doctors around the world report even stranger manifestations of the new coronavirus infection. It turns out that SARS is far from all that an infected person can face. According to the Spanish El Pais, a team of scientists from the Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV) found a connection between the severe course of COVID-19 and dermatological complications. Moreover, according to data from Italy, every fifth person hospitalized with COVID-19 may develop a rash or a change in the skin.

Rash - a new symptom of coronavirus


  • 1 Coronavirus and skin
  • 2 Rash with coronavirus
    • 2.1 Pineal rashes on the legs and arms
    • 2.2 Vesicular eruptions
    • 2.3 urticaria
    • 2.4 Maculopapular rashes
    • 2.5 Vascular obstruction necrosis

Coronavirus and skin

In some cases, the rash could potentially bethe first or only sign of infection. We remind you that according to the WHO, the main symptoms of coronavirus are dry and prolonged cough, as well as high fever, sore throat and diarrhea. Doctors also note anosmia - the inability to smell and taste and sore throat. However, up to eight out of ten infected do not experience any symptoms at all, and as the virus spreads, new, often numerous, symptoms appear.

So, recently, cases have become more frequentskin rashes among infected with COVID-19. Scientists do not yet understand the reason for their manifestation, but it is believed that the rash may be a side effect of the immune system, which is trying to take the infection under control. Here's what the Daily Mail Veronica Bataille, a dermatologist consultant at the UK National Health Service (NHS), told:

I saw quite a few patients who did notsuffer from eczema or allergies, which suddenly have a strange rash. A couple of days later, typical symptoms of COVID-19 appeared. However, in some patients, a rash is the only symptom.

Coronavirus rash

A study of 88 infected patients inLecco Hospital in Lombardy, one of the most affected Italian regions, showed that 20% of them had skin changes. In this case, none of them took drugs that could cause such a reaction. Eight of the 18 patients who noticed changes in their skin reported them before other symptoms appeared. In some infected people, doctors found red spots on their toes, the so-called “coronavirus toes”. I wrote in more detail in the previous article.

Skin is the largest organ in the human body. So if a person feels bad and the lungs are affected, it is not surprising that the skin responds to infection. In fact, a rash is a common occurrence for any virus, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. However, different patients have different rashes.

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As scientists from the Academy of Dermatology andVenereology (AEDV), published in The British Journal of Dermatology, collected information on 375 subjects with confirmed COVID-19 for two weeks who had concomitant skin changes (which appear simultaneously) without any known cause. . In addition to collecting information about their health status, each case was photographed. Below are five different types of rash, according to AEDV:

Pineal rashes on the legs and arms

Many coronavirus-infected people have reported similar skin rashes.

This type of rash was observed in 19% of cases inyounger patients in the advanced stages of COVID-19. Rashes were observed for almost 13 days and were associated, according to experts, with a less severe course of coronavirus infection.

Vesicular eruptions

The rash is not a pleasant symptom, but this one doesn’t even itch.

Herpetic eruptions were observed in 9% of cases and were associated with a moderate to severe course of the disease. Today, such rashes are increasingly found in middle-aged patients.


If you have ever encountered urticaria, you know how unpleasant it is.

Red, itchy, and swollen spots on the skin wereregistered in 19% of cases. Mostly, rashes are scattered throughout the body and were observed in patients with a more severe course of the disease. Researchers note that the rash appeared along with other symptoms of COVID-19.

Maculopapular eruptions

Measles is another viral disease with a rash that looks like this

This rash is found in affiliatedcoronavirus more often than others (observed in 47% of cases in patients with severe COVID-19). The clinical picture is often similar to the picture of other viral infections.

Necrosis of vascular obstruction

Unfortunately, the new coronavirus is capable of such

Perhaps the most unpleasant skin lesionis necrosis. It was registered in 6% of cases. Necrosis appears as marks on the skin that resemble a mesh. Appeared in elderly and most severe patients (10% mortality was registered in this group).

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The authors of the study note that the workconsistent with other data that indicate that there are a number of manifestations of COVID-19 besides coughing, fever and shortness of breath (diarrhea, anosmia, headache, chills) and that you need to carefully monitor the symptoms in order to identify the infected as soon as possible.

Well, we remind you that regardless ofpandemics for any unusual skin rashes, consult a doctor. Meanwhile, scientists advise those infected with COVID-19 not to worry about the rash, since it alone is not dangerous. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, when leaving the house, wear gloves and a protective mask and try to contact other people as little as possible. Take care of yourself and be healthy.