Changes to tongue, hands or feet may indicate virus: Study
Published: 01:52 PM, 27 January 2021 Updated: 01:52 PM, 27 January 2021
Spanish researchers found in a study presented on Tuesday that changes to the tongue, the hands or soles of the feet could give an early indication of Covid-19 infection.
The study conducted from research carried out among 666 patients with Covid-19 at Madrid’s IFEMA field hospital set up during the first wave of the pandemic. – reports AFP.
In the study, one of the four patients said they had noticed changes to their tongue, while four out of 10 spotted unusual signs on the palms of their hands or soles or their feet.
The study was carried out in April by healthcare professionals from Madrid’s La Paz hospital and primary care services with the findings published in the British Journal of Dermatology in the form of a “research letter” in September.
Some patients reported swelling of the tongue and the appearance of patches, that has been dubbed as ‘Covid tongue’, which on many occasions was associated with a loss of taste.
Another symptom was – Erythromelalgia, a rare condition that causes burning sensation and redness on the palms or soles of the feet, which in some cases was followed by the appearance of small blemishes.
“Almost half of the patients with mild-to-moderate Covid-19 admitted in a field-hospital during a two-week period showed mucocutaneous findings,” the letter said.
“The oral cavity was frequently involved and deserves specific examination under appropriate circumstances to avoid contagion risk.” - AFP.