Cutaneous manifestations in 115 COVID-19 Patients: A Cross Sectional Study in Central Karnataka

Authors : Dr. Amrutha Hosalli; Dr. Nadiga Rajashekhar; Dr. S B Murugesh; Dr. Suga Reddy; Dr. Soujanyashree M Athani

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 10 - October

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Background: Coronaviruses are RNA viruses that have become major health problem since 2002 after the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2. Presently, world is worried about 2019 novel CoV (SARS-CoV-2).Various cutaneous manifestations has been described earlier. In our study, we would like to describe the cutaneous manifestations found in 115 COVID patients. Aim: To look for cutaneous manifestations in COVID-19 positive patients. Materials and methods: We studied 115 positive patients who were tested positive on throat swab examination by RT-PCR. Among which 75 patients complained of symptoms like dyspnoea, fever, arthralgia, myalgia. Results: Among the patients studied only 22 patients had cutaneous manifestations. Among which 12 patients had erythematous rash, 3 patients had vesicles, 3 patients had uticarial lesions, and remaining 4 patients had non specific symptoms like erosions, peeling of skin. P value in COVID-19 positive patients with skin lesions is 0.017 which tells that there is significant association of skin lesions with COVID-19 patients. Further studies are needed in this respect. Conclusion: Coronavirus is not dermatotropic virus, yet many studies have described cutaneous manifestations earlier. But in our study we have found 14.6% of patients with cutaneous manifestations. Knowing about cutaneous manifestations helps in suspecting patients presenting to out patient department which further helps in early diagnosis and preventing the spread.

Keywords : Cutaneous Lesions, COVID-19 Positive Patients, Overview.


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