RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Patients who exhibit some signs and symptoms of COVID-19 can have nasal swab samples taken at a drive-thru testing program.
Those symptoms include, high fever, chills, muscle aches, cough and shortness of breath but now doctors say there may be another sign.
“Often viruses present as rashes,” said Dr. Cindy Lamerson with Nevada Center for Dermatology. “We call them Viral Exanthems. And sometimes it is like little red dots, that are palpable, they are called a Morbilliform Eruption, and that has happened with COVID.”
Lamerson, a dermatologist, says the rash is not appearing in all patients. Of the 88 patients studied in Italy, 18 had a rash. And as more doctors have documented COVID-19 patients with rashes we are learning it’s not one kind of rash. The rash can look like measles or small bumps. It can appear on the legs or back.
One rash which appears at the end of toes is now being referred to as COVID Toe
“They are starting in individuals who are younger, and they tend to do very well,” Lamerson said of the research. “The patients don’t tend to have significant harsh course for COVID-19.”
Lamerson says we don’t know enough about this symptom to know who will get it, or what it means in terms of progression or prognosis of COVID-19.
Her best advice is to contact your doctor if a rash seems to appear out of nowhere, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms of COVID-19.