What is ‘Covid toe’?

Covid Toe

Dermatologists have noticed an uptick in a type of skin sore known as chilblains — painful red or purple lesions that typically emerge on fingers or toes, and usually in very cold temperatures — in patients with Covid-19.

The lesions are showing up mostly in children, teenagers and young adults with mild or even asymptomatic cases. Some experts believe it to be a healthy immune response and a sign that a body is fighting the infection. While federal health officials do not include toe lesions on the list of coronavirus symptoms, dermatologists are pushing for a change, saying so-called ‘Covid toe’ should be sufficient grounds for testing.

If you or a family member develops these symptoms, please contact us at The Mayfair GP, for further advice.