Covid toes are a rare condition that sometimes occurs after recovery and goes away on its own. The new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has stated that these purple toes from Covid-19 can last for five months even after a full recovery from the virus.
Coronavirus causes inflammation in the toes, which causes the skin to change color and turn blue or purple. Some people have also reported having blisters.
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For most people, these Covid toes healed on their own within two weeks of recovery. However, according to this new study, some people may experience it longer as it manifests their full recovery period.
Coronavirus induces inflammation in the body even in the toes, making them dark. Sometimes they can swell like blisters and become extremely painful. These toe-related signs appear within a few days of infection and usually go away over the next few days. But those who can experience a “long covid” can experience the purple toes for months.
This new study shows that there are few reported cases and that the real number is much higher. Contrary to popular belief, purple toes from Covid-19 are much more common than it sounds.
Some of the previous data suggests that every twelfth Covid patient falls for some type of skin complication. Despite so many cases, it is still not seen as a sign of coronavirus. The researchers are calling on all health chiefs to add it as an official sign of the coronavirus.
Earlier this year, researchers worked with the International League of Dermatological Societies and the American Academy of Dermatology to set an international standard for the most common Covid skin symptoms and manifestations.
Doctors who filled Covid patients’ records in April were called back a few months later for an update on their skin conditions.
Nearly 1000 cases of various skin manifestations related to coronavirus have been recorded in more than 30 countries. Half of these patients had purple toes with Covid-19 and 16% ended up in hospitals because of their skin-related complications.
It’s hard to believe how a respiratory virus can stain a person’s toes blue or purple, even after recovering. Dermatologists explain that most skin manifestations are caused by the body’s immune system and not by the pathogen. For this condition, hypersensitivity of the immune system is the real culprit.
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Some researchers have even added this Covid toe as the fourth signature sign of Covid-19, along with a cough, loss of taste or smell, and fever.
Many of the skin manifestations were reported by the Covid-19 patients, but it has not been confirmed whether all were caused by the virus and no other factor. For safety reasons, health professionals urge people to speak to their doctor as soon as possible if they notice an unusual rash or discoloration in any part of the body after recovery. Typically, Covid-19’s Covid Toes or Purple Toes will last 15 days, but those with long distances may have to tolerate a few months.
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