‘Frostbite’ toes and other peculiar rashes may be signs of hidden coronavirus infection, especially in the young (WaPo)

The cases tend to be mild and resolve on their own. But doctors recommend those with symptoms consider getting tested for the virus and self-isolate.

As a dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Esther Freeman was prepared for things to be a bit quieter during the pandemic lockdown. But not too long after it began, she started getting urgent calls about odd frostbite-like patches showing up on people’s toes.

The rash itself was rather harmless.

While some complained of a burning sensation, the inflammation usually disappeared on its own in two to three weeks without treatment. What was striking is that many of those patients had tested positive for covid-19.

“My inbox and my telemedicine clinic are full of just toes. It’s all about toes. I have never seen so many toes,” Freeman said.

The curious phenomenon has also caught the interest of researchers in hot zones such as France, Italy and China. But the reports had been mostly limited to individual case studies and first-person observations, making it difficult to determine what these rashes mean, why they are occurring and how they are linked to the virus…

To read the entire article from The Washington Post, click https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/29/coronavirus-rashes-toes/


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