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'Covid toe', other rashes puzzle doctors

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Health Desk- 03 May 2020: Five rashes, including Covid toe, are affecting some hospital patients diagnosed with Covid-19, a small study by Spanish doctors has found.

The rashes tended to appear in younger people and lasted several days.

It is not uncommon for a rash to be a symptom of a virus, such as the spots that indicate chicken pox.

But the researchers said they were surprised to see so many varieties of rash with Covid-19.

Rashes are not currently included in the list of symptoms of the illness.

There have been many reports about "Covid toe" - a rash appearing on Covid patients' feet even in the absence of other symptoms - but lead researcher Dr Ignacio Garcia-Doval said the most common form of rash in the study was maculopapules - small, flat and raised red bumps that tend to appear on the torso.

"It is strange to see several different rashes - and some of them are quite specific," Dr Garcia-Doval told the media.

"It usually appears later on, after the respiratory manifestation of the disease - so it's not good for diagnosing patients," he added.

All the patients in the study were already in hospital and had respiratory symptoms.

All dermatologists in Spain were asked to share details of Covid patients they had seen who had developed rashes in the previous two weeks. There were 375 in total.