Will experts add a new coronavirus symptom to the list?
The effects of coronavirus are well known to most, and include the following symptoms:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
The first is urticaria, defined by sudden raised bumps which come and go and intense itching on the palms and soles.
Prickly heat, a chickenpox type rash, presents as areas of itchy red bumps which form commonly on the elbows or knees but may materialise anywhere.
The final type, chilblains, erupts as painful purple or reddish bumps on the fingers and toes which may become itchy.
Many of these rashes will present early on in the disease’s course and may persist for days afterwards.
Lead author Dr Veronique Bataille, consultant dermatologist at St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College London, said a rash may be the only symptom of COVID-19 in some cases.
She said: “Many viral infections can affect the skin, so it’s not surprising that we are seeing these rashes in COVID-19.
“However, it’s important that people know that in some cases, a rash may be the first or only symptom of the disease.
“So if you notice a new rash, you should take it seriously by self-isolating and getting tested as soon as possible.”