Mohamed Ibrahim Bassyouni
2020 / 4 / 24
Doctors identified a new symptom of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, informally dubbed “COVID toes.”
The presence of purple´-or-blue lesions on a patient’s feet and toes puzzles infectious disease experts. They’re typically painful to touch and could have a hot burning sensation.
What doctors said is most interesting about "COVID toes" is that they appear in COVID-19 patients who don’t exhibit any other symptoms. Similarly, the loss of taste and smell was found to be associated with COVID-19 among otherwise asymptomatic patients.
This is a manifestation that occurs early on in the disease, meaning you have this first, then you progress. Sometimes this might be your first clue that they have COVID when they don’t have any other symptoms.
“COVID toes” in some people can disappear in the course of a week to 10 days, but others progress to respiratory symptoms, he said.
The new symptom appears in more children and young adults than any other age group. This may be because children and young adults have better immune systems.
There are two running hypotheses on what could cause “COVID toes." One possible explanation, is that there is an inflammatory response more localized to a patient’s foot and toes.´-or-it could be a clotting of blood vessels.
The short answer is nobody knows.
Some physicians saw the purple lesions on their most critically ill COVID patients and suspected it was purpura fulminans. This occurs when inflammation from a severe infection causes the body to make micro-clots in tiny blood vessels in the toes, fingers and even nose, she explained.
Loss of taste, smell may be coronavirus symptom, doctors say
Doctors are warning that a loss of smell and taste are appearing as new symptoms of coronavirus. This is most common in patients who develop acute respiratory distress syndrome,´-or-ARDS, the majority of which die of intense, systematic inflammation.
You get the infection, and then your body will release a cascade of inflammation. In many ways, it’s beneficial, but then sometimes it can either be too much, so the inflammation can lead to its own damage.
This happens in cases of viral pneumonia´-or-a bad flu, so it wasn’t surprising when it is seen in COVID-19 patients.
While experts learn more about the disease and how it relates to “COVID toes. An abundance of caution and a low bar of suspicion will stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Although patients with “COVID toes” are more likely to test negative for COVID-19, as the virus is in its earliest stages, he said patients should quarantine at home and monitor closely for developing symptoms.