Skin irritation a possible new symptom of COVID-19
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The American Academy of Dermatology is doing research into a possible new symptom of the coronavirus. One of their patients developed not only a cough and fever but also skin irritation, prompting her dermatologist to start examining overseas data.
“In northern Italy there was a study that showed that out of 148 patients at this hospital -- none of which had gotten prior medication -- one in five had a rash associated with their condition, COVID-19,” said dermatologist Dr. Shirley Chi.
With 20% of patients having a skin irritation, the American Academy of Dermatology has issued guidance regarding several types of rashes that have been connected to COVID-19.
The irritations can range from hives, to a measles-like rash, to even a condition that resembles frostbite.
The Academy is encouraging anyone with symptoms like these to contact their doctor and to agree to participate in their dermatology registry.
The AAD encourages participation in its new dermatology #COVID19 registry, which is collecting information about the dermatologic manifestations of the virus. To learn more, visit: https://t.co/TibmgLT9oH pic.twitter.com/8erlHKU6qT— AADmember (@AADmember) April 17, 2020