More and more skin changes caused by omicron

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Created: 07/21/2022, 6:30 p.m

Von: Ares Women


If you’re on the lookout for corona symptoms, you’re more likely to look out for a cough, fever, and shortness of breath. In the future, however, the skin should also be observed.

Frankfurt – Although it is rare, the corona virus can change the skin. For some people, this may be the only sign of infection, reports the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Many diseases, such as measles and chickenpox, cause a distinctive rash that helps doctors diagnose. It’s different with Corona. There is no uniform rash, so the AAD.

Several dermatologists report to him ZDFthat they are increasingly treating corona patients with symptoms on the skin. If a patient with Corona develops a rash, it can, according to the AAD look like this:

  • Flat rash
  • Itchy bumps
  • Blisters that look like chicken pox
  • Round, punctate spots on the skin
  • Large spot with several smaller spots
  • A lacy pattern on the skin
  • Flat patches and raised bumps that connect together
  • Itchy rashes

Covid subtype omicron changes the skin: the “corona toes”

Doctors around the world have noticed that some patients who have tested positive for the virus have discolored and swollen toes. The following symptoms are observed:

So-called “corona toes” can occur at any age, but children, teenagers, and young adults seem to be most affected. These young patients mostly appear healthy. Many never develop, others more common corona symptoms, such as a dry cough, fever and muscle pain. If they do show symptoms, they are usually mild.

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Omikron changes the skin: hardly any corona symptoms apart from discolouration

The swelling and discoloration can start on one or more toes as well as the fingers, Amy Paller tells the AAD, a board-certified pediatric dermatologist and chair of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. At first you can see a bright red color that gradually turns into violet. Corona toes can also start with a purplish color, according to Paller.

The symptoms: Many people feel nothing and only realize that they are affected when they see the discoloration and swelling on their feet or hands. In addition to the swelling and discoloration, those affected can also get blisters, itching or pain in the areas. Some people develop painful, raised bumps or rough patches of skin.

Infection with the dominant omicron variant can cause so-called “corona toes”. (symbol photo) © Thorsten Gutschalk/Imago

After omicron infection: little data on corona toes

Sometimes people with corona toes would also have other corona symptoms. Symptoms are expected to go away without treatment, but Paller said it’s too early to know how long most people have the disease. It can last ten to 14 days. According to the dermatologist, some patients have symptoms for months.

The data on skin reactions in Omikron is so far small. There are currently no precise figures on the frequency of these rashes. The RKI writes at the request of the ZDFit is “known that there are a variety of skin symptoms with COVID-19, some of which only appear during the course or after the acute illness.” “Skin symptoms in COVID-19 infections have been recorded in studies and occur in five to 20 percent of COVID-19 patients,” writes the Charité Berlin ZDF-Inquiry. However, there is “currently no scientific data to indicate that skin changes under the omicron variant occur more frequently.” (Ares Abasi)

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