Getting Coronavirus is bad enough but having long-haul symptoms that can last for up to six months is truly the icing on the cake. And a new study listed on the International COVID-19 Dermatology Registry found that the symptom COVID toes can last for up to six months.
COVID toes have been defined as red, sore, itchy irritations on toes. They lead to discoloration of the skin and can be quite painful.
“When we started looking at symptom duration, some of these patients are having really incredibly long-lasting symptoms,” Dr. Esther Freeman, the principal investigator of the registry and the director of Global Health Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said. “In particular, we saw that with chilblains, also known as Covid toes, where they’ve been having skin symptoms for more than 60 days.”
In the report, covered by TODAY.com, one patient reported “COVID toes” for more than 130 days and another reported it for over 150 days.
Dermatological afflictions including long-lasting hives, scaly papule and plaques have also been seen in COVID-19 patients.
Fever, tiredness, and dry cough are the most common symptoms of COVID-19 but skin issues are prevalent as well. In the study from the International League of Dermatological Societies and the American Academy of Dermatology “dermatologic manifestations” were observed in the pool of 1000 cases from 39 countries.
Dr. Julia S. Lehman, an associate professor in the Division of Dermatopathology and Cutaneous Immunopathology at the Mayo Clinic told Yahoo Life that COVID toes are a bit perplexing to the medical community. “The phenomenon of COVID toes seems to closely resemble changes that can be seen in perniosis, a condition known to cause violaceous to blue discoloration of the toes, fingers or tips of the ears. In perniosis, it is usually exposure to cool, damp conditions that causes inflammation to surround blood vessels. With perniosis, it is thought that the ears, toes and fingers seem to be preferentially affected, because they are cooler and, by virtue of being peripheral, have some of the smallest caliber blood vessels in the body.”
With long-haul COVID-19 skin symptoms it should be noted that their constant appearance does not indicate that the body is still infected. It means that the body’s immune system is recovering from the infection.