If You Have a Rash in This Spot, You May Have COVID, Study Suggests
You'll be surprised where this coronavirus symptom could be hiding.
As experts have continued to discover more about coronavirus and its adverse effects, they have come across some pretty peculiar symptoms. A recent study found a new addition to the ever-growing list of odd coronavirus symptoms: a rash inside your mouth, as well as other rashes on your skin. Even stranger, this symptom seems to generally take an extended period of time to manifest.
Preliminary research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that skin rashes and rashes found inside the mouth could be a symptom of COVID-19. The study, conducted in Spain, looked at 21 confirmed COVID patients that had skin rashes. Of those 21 patients, 6 (29 percent) had enanthem—lesions or a rash in the mouth.
The study found that the average time between the original onset of symptoms and the time the patient began to develop enanthem was about 12 days, although there were some significant outliers. One patient was reported to have developed enanthem a full 24 days after symptom onset, while another developed the rash just two days after they began to see other symptoms.
This study, performed by researchers from the Hospital Universitario Ramon y Cajal in Madrid, set out to decipher whether body rashes were related to coronavirus or an adverse reaction to treatment. As it turns out, the distinguishing factor between the bodily rashes being a symptom of the illness or a side effect of a drug is if the rash appears in the mouth as well. The study points out that patients with coronavirus generally do not have their oral cavity examined to avoid transmission to the health care professional, which can result in doctors missing a mouth rash. Although the study was small, the researchers are confident their findings identify enanthem as a possible symptom of coronavirus.
Skin and mouth rashes are not the only new, surprising symptom of COVID-19. Here are five more strange symptoms of coronavirus that medical experts have recently reported.
A recent study published in Brain found that 25 percent of COVID patients experienced delirium. According to the Mayo Clinic, delirium is a serious disturbance in mental abilities that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of the environment. Although this symptom seems quite scary, neurological problems are common with coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS, researchers told Newsweek. And if you're worried about getting sick, learn the 7 Things the CDC Says You Need to Have to Avoid Coronavirus.
CNN Business editor-at-large Richard Quest recently penned an account of his experience with coronavirus and cited that his clumsiness is still "off the charts" three months after his diagnosis. After speaking with a variety of experts, we learned that clumsiness could be a symptom of coronavirus. James Giordano, PhD, and professor of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center, told Best Life that clumsiness could be a result of COVID for a few reasons, including decreased oxygen levels in the blood supply. And for more on COVID symptoms or the lack thereof, 80 Percent of These People With COVID Never Develop Symptoms, Study Says.
Long-term loss of taste and smell
For some people, loss of taste and smell are among the first—and sometimes only—symptoms they see. There are even several cases where patients have recovered from the coronavirus, but their sense of taste and smell has not returned.
While headaches have been considered a common symptom of coronavirus since the beginning, migraines are a fairly recent addition. Oddly enough, this symptom mostly affects young people. Doctors told WKRN their "phones [were] ringing off the hook with younger COVID-19 patients and debilitating migraines." And for a symptom you should be hoping for, If You Have This COVID Symptom, You Likely Won't End Up in the Hospital.
One of the more unsightly coronavirus symptoms is COVID toes. According to Northwestern University, COVID toes present as purple, blue, or red lesions on the feet, toes, and sometimes fingers. They can be hot to the touch, have a burning sensation, or be painful. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.