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Answering Your COVID-19 Questions

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Charleston has seen a number of COVID-19 cases. Even though fever, cough and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of the coronavirus, the virus has a wide range of symptoms, one of which hasn’t been talked about a lot: skin rashes.

Charleston Dermatology is here for you, answering all of your COVID-19 questions.

Can COVID-19 cause skin reactions? 

Dermatologists are observing skin reactions in patients with the respiratory virus. These reactions include “dengue fever-like rash,” which is a flat, red rash that can happen over the entire body. Patients have also reported a “hives-like rash,” livedo reticularis (a lace-like purplish discoloration,) a “measles-like rash” and pernio, skin sores or bumps that usually happen on toes or fingers after exposure to very cold temperatures.

Pernio, also being called “COVID toes,” seems to happen more in young patients. Doctors are reporting blue or purple lesions appearing on the toes.

Patients with these skin symptoms do not seem to display any other typical symptoms associated with the virus including, shortness of breath, cough and fever. They also tend to test negative for COVID-19 in the initial state of infection.

If you have these symptoms, it doesn’t mean you have the virus. Concerned? Schedule a telehealth visit with us by calling (843) 872-3015.

If I have a serious skin concern, can I still come in to see a dermatologist? 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many visits can be done virtually. Things like eczema, acne, rosacea, psoriasis and more can be evaluated through telehealth. But, if we think an in-person visit is needed for testing, an appointment will be made. Either way, you can give us a call and we can determine if an in-person visit is needed or a virtual visit can be scheduled.

While at home during quarantine, it’s important you are taking care of your skin. This includes applying the proper sunscreen (with SPF) while spending time outdoors.

Keep in mind: the COVID-19 virus, recommendations and regulations may change and evolve daily, but our priority remains your safety and health.

To read about the COVID-19 precautions we’re taking, click here. To schedule a telehealth visit, give us a call at (843) 872-3015. We look forward to virtually connecting with you!

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