Monmouth County's Ask the Doctor Sept/Oct

Q: What are COVID Toes?

A: As the world continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, new symptoms of the virus continue to be identified. One such symptom, purple or red lesions on the toes and hands, has been dubbed “COVID toes” and has gained attention over recent weeks. Rashes have been associated with the coronavirus more than other viral infections but not a sure and definite sign someone may have COVID.

Dr. Sanjay Gandhi, DPM

These rashes on toes are newer symptoms and have been emerging and show how people can react to infections in different ways. Some of these symptoms actually aren’t new in the realm of viral infections. It’s not uncommon for someone to have a viral infection and have a rash or blotchy area on their body. COVID toes are just another way that the body can respond to a viral infection. Should you notice a rash or COVID toes in addition to the common symptoms of the coronavirus, it’s best to contact your healthcare provider sooner than later.

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