Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : Dermatological features

Dermatological Manifestations Of Covid-19: A Review Of Its Potential As A Tool In Aiding Diagnosis

Siddhaarth K; Dr. Swarupa Chakole

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 3144-3150

COVID-19 as we all know is by far one of the worst pandemics the world has seen in the past several decades. And the undeniable truth being that we are just on the tip of the iceberg in many densely populated countries such as India, Brazil, Pakistan though some countries such as New Zealand and China has positively recovered from the pandemic. But the alarming situation that we are witnessing in Beijing ,New Zealand and now England is the occurrence of 2nd wave of COVID-19. Furthermore, variable number of patients remain pauci-symptomatic, thereby facilitating community transmission. In this cohort of patients other signs leading to suspicion of COVID – 19 can help in early testing, isolation, quarantine and a better outcome.
For quite a long time, since COVID-19 cases started to rise in Spain, Italy and USA, many dermatologists who were posted in the frontline duties were able to notice that there may be similarities in cutaneous manifestation in the form of different kinds of rashes that could be noticed in majority of COVID positive patients. Since then many researchers started to take notice of the abnormal cutaneous manifestations seen in patients and started to analyse the several reasons for these cutaneous manifestations to occur and whether it can be used as a diagnostic tool in identifying COVID-19 positive patients an easier and more efficient task than the previously used methods
As skin changes an be easily seen by patients , it helps to guide patients to decide to get tested when there are no other respiratory or other systemic clinical features. This in turn would invariably lead to early notification of disease and hence inexorable decrease in suffering or death . That is the most viable outcome that is currently needed as there is a lot of significant pressure on the healthcare industry and professionals.