Can skin rash be a symptom of coronavirus?

While the Center for disease control, the U.S. added six new symptoms COVID-19 to the previously known doctors around the world have reported even more bizarre manifestations of a new coronavirus infection. Turns out SARS’s encounter with what can the infected person. As writes Spanish El Pais, a team of scientists from the Academy of dermatology and venereology (AEDV) found a link between heavy over COVID-19 and dermatological complications. Moreover, according to data from Italy, every fifth person hospitalized with COVID-19, may develop a rash or experience a change the skin.

Coronavirus and skin

In some cases a rash can potentially be the first or only sign of infection. We remind you that according to who, the main symptoms of coronavirus are dry and long cough, as well as high temperature, sore throat and diarrhea. Doctors also note anosmia – inability to smell and taste and sore throat. However, up to eight out of ten of those infected do not experience any symptoms, but as the spread of the virus there are new, often many symptoms.

Thus, in recent years, cases of skin rash among infected COVID-19. The cause of their symptoms, scientists still don’t understand, but it is believed that a rash could be a side effect of the immune system which tries to get the infection under control. Here is what the Daily Mail Veronica Bataille, dermatologist-consultant at National health service UK (NHS):

I saw quite a lot of patients who don’t suffer from eczema or allergies who suddenly appeared a strange rash. A couple of days later appeared typical symptoms COVID-19. While in some patients the rash is the only symptom.

Rash on coronavirus

A study of 88 HIV-infected patients in the hospital Lecco in Lombardy, one of the most affected Italian regions, showed that 20% of them experiencing changes in the skin. While none of them took medications that could cause such a reaction. Eight of the 18 patients who noticed changes on my skin, reported them to the appearance of other symptoms. Some infected doctors discovered red spots on the toes, the so-called “coronavirus fingers”. Read more I wrote in the previous article.

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

As I write, scientists from Academy of dermatology and venereology (AEDV) in his work, published in The British Journal of Dermatologywithin two weeks, information was collected on 375 subjects with a confirmed COVID-19 who have observed related changes in the skin (which appear simultaneously) without any known cause. In addition to collecting information about the state of their health, each case was photographed. Below are five different types of rashes, according to the AEDV:

Pineal rash on legs and arms

This type of lesions was observed in 19% of cases in younger patients in the later stages of development COVID-19. Rashes were observed during almost 13 days and were associated as experts believe, with less severe coronavirus infection.

Vesicular lesions

Rash herpes type was observed in 9% of cases and were associated with medium-severe course of the disease. Today, these lesions are increasingly common in patients of middle age.


Red, itchy and swollen patches on the skin were registered in 19% of cases. Basically rashes scattered over the body were observed in patients with more severe disease. Researchers have noted that the rash appeared simultaneously with other symptoms COVID-19.

Macula-papular rash

This rash occurs in affiliated coronavirus most frequently (observed in 47% of cases in patients with severe COVID-19). The clinical picture is often similar to other viral infections.

Necrosis vascular obstruction

Perhaps the most unpleasant skin lesions is necrosis. It was registered in 6% of cases. Necrosis manifests as marks on the skin that resembles a grid. Appeared in the elderly and sickest patients (in this group there were 10% deaths).

The study authors note that the work is consistent with other data that indicate that there are a number of manifestations COVID-19 in addition to the cough, fever and difficulty breathing (diarrhea, anosmia, headache, chills) and that it is necessary to closely monitor the symptoms as quickly as possible to identify infected people.