Russian scientists assessed the statement of dermatologists about the new symptom of COVID
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With acute respiratory infections, as well as with COVID-19, there can be various manifestations both on the skin and on mucous membranes, Sergei Voznesensky, associate professor of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the RUDN University, told RBC.
So he commented on the findings of the International League of Dermatological Communities and the American Academy of Dermatology about a new symptom of coronavirus: patients with COVID-19 may develop irritation on the toes, similar to frostbite, which can lead to swollen feet.
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According to Voznesensky, in the temporary recommendations of the Ministry of Health on coronavirus infection, seven groups of different skin manifestations that are possible in a patient are identified.
“These manifestations can be both infectious, infectious-allergic, and autoimmune in nature. Therefore, various possible rashes, various phenomena on the mucous membranes, including what you mentioned, are quite likely, "- explained Voznesensky.
The infectious disease specialist added that in different groups of patients everything proceeds differently, and such manifestations are not always characteristic of coronavirus, as they can occur with any other infectious diseases.
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“I haven’t heard about it, I haven’t come across such things. This news seems interesting to me, but does not cause any particular alarm,”said Anatoly Altshtein, virologist of the Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology.
He recalled that when infected with coronavirus, "severe pneumonia, disorders in the nervous system" occur. “Someone’s legs will swell a little, then it will go away,” concluded Altstein.
In early October, British scientists submitted an addition to the description of the symptoms of coronavirus to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Symptoms of the coronavirus also include muscle aches, fatigue, and blisters, according to scientists. These symptoms can manifest themselves in different ways, depending on the age of the infected and the characteristics of the organism.