COVID-19 has infected over 2.3 million people and killed at least 162,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. As this deadly disease continues to evolve and scientists and researchers also continue to try to learn more about it, it seems a new symptom pops up every week. This week one of the most interesting symptoms was uncovered and it tends to be seen more in children and adolescents with COVID-19.
Researchers in Spain have found that purple-colored lesions from five to 15 millimeters in diameter (similar to chickenpox) found on the feet have been observed on COVID-19 patients including children, adolescents, and adults. “It is a curious finding that began yesterday to spread in the healthcare field, among dermatologists and podiatrists, fundamentally: the same symptoms are increasingly being detected in patients with COVID -19, especially children and adolescents, although some cases have also been detected in adults,” according to a statement from the Spanish General Council of Official Podiatrist Colleges. “These are purple-colored lesions (very similar to those of chickenpox, measles or chilblains) that usually appear around the toes and that usually heal without leaving marks on the skin.”
“The Council of Podiatrists urges its Colleges and its members to be very vigilant because this may be a sign of COVID-19 detection that can help to avoid the spread,” writes the council.
The first documented case of the lesions was found on a 13-year-old boy in Spain who had the foot lesions before he exhibited any other symptoms. Doctors have since then found other cases that indicate that foot lesions can be the first symptom of COVID-19, appearing before others such as a sore throat and cough.
Spain has been one of the hardest-hit countries by coronavirus, second after the US with 185,000 cases.
Fatigue, body aches, sore throat and itchy eyes are also symptoms of COVID-19. Another symptom found in a small subset of COVID-19 patients showed brain diseases or dysfunctions.