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Does Long Covid Make Skin Conditions Worse?
According to research, one out of every ten people will continue to have COVID-19 symptoms after the initial infection, and one out of every twenty people will have symptoms for at least eight weeks. In this blog, we look at whether Long COVID aggravates skin conditions.
Our knowledge about Long COVID is still evolving; however, it is now understood to be a heterogeneous illness, including continuing COVID-19 symptoms, post viral fatigue syndrome, organ damage and complications after time spent in intensive care.
A range of skin-related conditions have been connected to COVID-19. Researchers from the COVID Symptom Study app and the British Association of Dermatologists have recently shared images of the eight different skin conditions which include:
- COVID digits - dark, tender bumps or chilblains that appear on the fingers and toes and around the heels.
- Neck and exposed chest eczema - an flushed and possibly itchy rash that may appear any time during or post infection, on the neck and part of the chest that is exposed at the top of clothes.
- Oral - dry lips and sore mouth
- Papular and Vesicular - an itchy rash darker, bumpy areas that can appear anywhere on the body.
- Pityriasis Rosea - generally affecting children, there are reports of an initial large patch, followed by several smaller patches on the torso or proximal limbs.
- Purpuric - tiny bruise-like patches on the skin are caused by damage to superficial blood vessels.
- Urticarial - usually raised, intensely itchy patches that can appear very quickly and can cause swelling of the lips and eyelids. If the patient has lip swelling it is important to seek medical attention.
- Viral Exanthem - a symmetrical rash of blotches or bumps over the body and usually accompanied by other symptoms of a viral illness.