Link between COVID-19 and skin rashes

Skin rashes caused by Covid-19 lasts for 2-12 days. Skin rashes mostly go away in 8 days. However, rashes affecting the toes can last for 10-14 days. Read on to know the full details

Dr. Ramit Singh Sambyal Created on 13th Sep, 21

When you think about Covid-19 symptoms, what are the symptoms that come to your mind?

  • Cold and cough
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

 

The above symptoms would have surely come to your mind, right?

But other than the above symptoms, there is also one more symptom that has been added to the list of Covid-19 symptoms!

That symptom is none other than skin rashes!

 

Yes, though skin rashes are not a common symptom of Covid-19, some people who have been tested positive for Covid-19 experience skin rashes.

 

Are you one of them?

Don't worry! Seek immediate help from the best doctor in Delhi. This article talks about the symptoms associated with skin rashes caused by Covid-19, why do rashes develop, the treatment options to treat rashes caused by Covid-19, and much more.

 

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First, let us discuss the symptoms associated with Covid-19 skin rashes.

 

What are the common symptoms of Covid-19 skin rashes?

  • Skin appears discolored. It may become pink, red, grey, or purple.
  • The area where rashes develop may look swollen and puffy compared to the other areas of the skin
  • Some rashes may cause the skin to become itchy

 

Are you experiencing any of the above symptoms?

Then seek immediate help from the best doctor in Delhi.

 

How long do skin rashes caused by Covid-19 last?

Skin rashes caused by Covid-19 lasts for 2-12 days. Skin rashes mostly go away in 8 days. However, rashes affecting the toes can last for 10-14 days.

 

What are the different forms of Covid-19 skin rashes?

Skin rashes caused due to Covid-19 come in a variety of forms. Some of them are as follows-

  • Hives: The skin rashes caused due to Covid-19 can appear as itchy patches that look like hives. These kinds of rashes usually affect the torso and limbs.
  • Macules and papules: The skin rashes caused due to Covid-19 can also consist of raised or flat itchy spots. This kind of rash usually affects the torso.
  • Rashes with blisters: Some rashes caused by Covid-19 can appear with blisters. Such rashes usually develop on the torso and may also cause itchiness.
  • Rashes on toes: Toe rashes lead to swelling and discolored patches on toes. They may cause itchiness and a burning sensation.

 

What causes Covid-19 skin rashes?

The exact reason why Covid-19 leads to the development of skin rashes is not known yet. But some of the possible reasons can be as follows-

  • Covid-19 can infect the skin tissues which in turn leads to skin rashes
  • Covid-19 skin rashes can be related to the immunity system
  • Covid-19 can lead to increased blood clotting which in turn can cause rashes to develop on the skin

 

Sometimes, Covid-19 vaccinations can also lead to skin rashes.

But don't worry! There are different solutions available to treat skin rashes caused by Covid-19.

 

What are some of the treatment options used to treat skin rashes?

Usually, Covid-19 skin rashes go away on their own in about a week but still some of the treatment options you can try at home to treat the rashes are as follows-

  • Apply a cool compress: Applying a cool compress to the affected area can help reduce itching and swelling.
  • Oatmeal bath: An oatmeal bath can help treat skin rashes and treat the irritated skin.
  • OTC topicals: Some over-the-counter topicals such as calamine lotion and hydrocortisone can help reduce the itching and swelling caused due to Covid-19 skin rashes.
  • OTC antihistamines: One can treat symptoms associated with hive-like Covid rashes by taking OTC antihistamines.
  • Do not scratch: Some rashes cause itchiness. Itchiness makes one feel tempted to scratch their skin. Though it is tempting, it is advisable to avoid scratching as scratching can lead to scarring and other skin complications.

 

One can also treat skin rashes caused due to Covid-19 by visiting the top doctor in Delhi. The doctor in Delhi may prescribe certain medications such as corticosteroids to treat skin rashes caused by Covid-19.

 

Conclusion

Cough, fever, fatigue is some of the common symptoms of Covid-19. There is also one more symptom of Covid-19, but which is not so common and that is skin rashes.

 

Do you have Covid-19 and have rashes on your skin?

Then visit the best doctor in Delhi to treat your skin rashes caused due to Covid-19.

 

 

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