Research from the International League of Dermatological Societies and the American Academy of Dermatology found that some patients had chilblain-like inflammation on their feet that sometimes lasted for months.
The condition typically develops within a week to four weeks after infection and can cause the toes to be swollen or change color.
Symptoms are said to be mild in most cases and feet will return to normal within weeks.
Scientists have also found that around one in six people needs hospital treatment, while some of those with “long Covid” symptoms report cases that last for several months.
Dr. Esther Freeman, lead researcher at the International Covid-19 Dermatology Registry, the collaboration between the two research institutes, said, “It seems that there is a certain subset of patients who when they get Covid develop inflammation in their toes, which makes them red and make them puffy, and then they finally turn purple.
“In most cases it is self-resolving and disappears. It’s relatively mild. It takes about 15 days on average. But we’ve seen patients last a month or two.
“What is very surprising is when you cross that 60-day mark – because it’s not like patients resolve on day 70.
“The fact is that some of our patients are now over 150 days old – these have been patients with red or purple or swollen toes for many months.”
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