We all know that the novel coronavirus, responsible for claiming more than a million lives by now, grievously affects respiratory and neuro system but did you know that it can leave a lasting impact on your skin, as well?

The study conducted by American researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as per an ANI report unveils skin-related symptoms like rashes on the long haulers of COVID-19.

Who are COVID-19 Long Haulers?

Long Haulers are patients who got infected and tested negative after being treated but continue to combat the symptoms or even develop newer ones. They never recover from the disease long after testing negative.

How was the research undertaken?

Researchers established an International repository in April to record skin-related issues prompted by COVID-19 while doctors were asked in June and August to update the lab results and duration of skin symptoms in patients.

Long hauling period for the purpose of study was taken to be at least 60 days

What are the Findings?

  • Measles-like rashes were observed for seven days.
  • Urticarial eruptions lasted for almost four days.
  • Papulosquamous eruptions were observed for almost 20 days.
  • COVID Toes (redness and swelling of the feet and hands)

“Our observations reveal a previously unreported sub-division of patients with long-standing skin symptoms from covid-19, in particular those with COVID toes. This data shed light on the long-term effects of COVID-19 in different organ systems. The skin is potentially a visible window into inflammation that could be going on in the body,” said senior author Esther E. Freeman, MD, PhD, director of Global Health Dermatology at MGH reported ANI.

However, the research was presented at the 29th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.