In recent weeks dermatologists and podiatrists from all over Spain are seeing patients with skin alterations along with symptoms of Covid-19.
Podiatrists are seeing young patients in their offices with benign lesions similar to chilblains (perniosis) of purple color mainly on the dorsum and lateral toes and fingers that also disappear without leaving any sign.
Special attention should be paid when these skin lesions are accompanied by the most common symptoms of Covid-19, i.e. cough, fever and dyspnea (shortness of breath).
The Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Podólogos is conducting a registry of potential patients with COVID-19. More information
The Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology has begun a descriptive study of the manifestations of COVID-19 in the skin. More information
According to a study carried out in Italy and pending publication, Italian dermatologists have described skin lesions mainly on the trunk with erythematous rash, urticaria and vesicles as in chickenpox. These skin manifestations were not related to the severity of the infection. More Information
China’s experience offers interesting details for healthcare professionals to consider:
Some skin conditions may be accompanied by fever. It is important to distinguish whether the fever is the result of COVID-19 or another infection.
Multiple drug combinations are being used for the treatment of COVID-19 skin alterations may be caused by allergic reactions to these drugs.
Patients with previous diagnoses of dermatological conditions (atopic dermatitis, eczema, etc) that may be worsened by psychological or emotional stress related to COVID-19.
More information: Cutaneous manifestations in COVID-19: a first perspective. More information
The Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Podólogos recommends the following protocol. Read Protocol
Article prepared by Clínica San Román
10 – 4 – 2020