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It is not clear how the skin changes are related to the coronavirus, but it is a condition that is visible in people even if they have tested negative for COVID-19.


Lindy Granthshala, a dermatologist, said her practice is seeing “many, many patients” with toes and fingers turning purple and pink, a symptom now linked to COVID-19.

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“Almost too much to count,” she said. “Dermatologists are going to be with calls from people saying, ‘What are these purple changes on my toes and fingers?'”.

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And what is worrying is that most people with this symptom never even thought they had been exposed to the coronavirus.

“They are usually teenagers or young adults who had no symptoms of COVID at all,” said Dr. Raman Madana dermatologist at Northwell Health Huntington Hospital on Long Island.

“It seems to be happening in people who are completely without symptoms,” Doctor. Alisa Femiadirector of inpatient dermatology at NYU Langone. “They’re younger, healthier.”

“This is becoming a sign that COVID-19 may be more prevalent in our society than we have actually realized,” said Dr. Granthshala, who is with the University of California San Francisco, and is also a member of the COVID-19 Task Force for the American Academy of Dermatology, which created a registry of patients to study the many skin problems people are experiencing. The latest is the discoloration of the skin called “COVID toes”.

“We looked back and saw this was happening in France, Italy, Spain,” she said.

Dr. Madan said that COVID-19 has manifested in almost every rash you can imagine.

“People are breaking out in hives, developing red spots all over their bodies and even rashes that look like smallpox,” he said.

Dr. Madan said that it is entirely possible that we may see more new symptoms from COVID-19 going forward.

“It wouldn’t surprise me,” said Dr. Madan.

Doctors said that the condition of COVID toes goes away on its own within about a week and there will be no long-term damage to your skin. But if you get this symptom, you should call your doctor and get tested for COVID-19 as well as an antibody test.