The novel coronavirus can cause a wide variety of skin signs and symptoms which is one of the main reasons why there has been a delay in recognising that these various skin rashes are linked to COVID-19. Chickenpox rashes and urticaria are two of the warning signs found on the skin.

Dermatologists in Lombardy, Italy, assessed 88 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 and found that 20 percent had skin symptoms of some kind.

The skin symptoms consisted of a red rash, widespread hives, chickenpox-like lesions and urticaria.

Dr Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital said: “Patients may present with skin lesions on their feet or toes or red rashes that may resemble a skin infection at first glance.

“Many of these rashes may represent superficial clotting or even bleeding in the skin or extremities.”

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In a study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, urticaria in COVID-19 infection was further investigated.

The study noted: “A case study was presented of an elderly man who was first presented with generalized pruritic hives ranging from 1.5 to 8.0 cm in diameter on the 5th March 2020.

“The patient was investigated for another differential diagnosis of urticaria such as parasitic and bacterial infection, for which negative results were found.

“On the 5th of March, the patient reported these symptoms plus general malaise, fatigue, high temperature and sore throat.

“A CT chest exam was carried out, which showed pneumonia with bilateral and subpleural areas of ground-glass opacification, consolidation affecting the lower lobes and confirming the diagnosis of COVID-19.” 

Source: | Daily Express

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