There seems to be no respite for the coronavirus infected patients even after they have been declared Covid-negative. The virulent virus which is known for causing respiratory distress and adverse impacts on organs besides mental health can also leave the patients with skin-related diseases as has been found by the scientists.
They said that they have found that some patients with Covid-19 have persistent skin-related symptoms long after their initial infection has cleared.
The findings were presented at the 29th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology which was conducted online from 29th to 31st October 2020.
The investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) pointed to another burden experienced by so-called “long haulers” who get better but don’t seem to fully recover from Covid-19.
The skin is potentially a visible window into inflammation that could be going on in the body. For the analysis, researchers established an international registry for Covid-19 skin manifestations in April 2020, in collaboration with the International League of Dermatological Societies and the American Academy of Dermatology.
Clinicians were contacted in June and August to update COVID-19 laboratory test results and the duration of patients’ COVID-19 skin symptoms. The team defined long haulers as anyone with skin symptoms of Covid-19 that persisted for at least 60 days.
The team evaluated almost 1,000 cases of patients with skin manifestations of the disease.
According to the study, rash-like morbilliform and urticaria eruptions lasted a median of seven days and four days, respectively, for patients with lab-confirmed COVID-19, with a maximum duration of 28 days.
Papulosquamous eruptions, which are scaly papules and plaques, lasted a median of 20 days in lab-confirmed cases, with one confirmed long hauler eruption lasting 70 days.
The findings also revealed Pernio/chilblains, or redness and swelling of the feet and hands, commonly known as “COVID toes,” lasted a median of 15 days in patients with suspected COVID-19 and 10 days in lab-confirmed cases.
In view of these findings, researchers have suggested that clinicians taking care of patients with Covid-19 must evaluate any skin symptoms.