After observing more than 600 patients with COVID-19 pneumonia, researchers at the University Hospital of La Paz in Madrid found that 25% of people had changes in their tongues and mouths, and as many as 40% had changes in the palms and soles of their feet. foot. These symptoms can help diagnose the infection.
Global pioneering research conducted by professionals from all over the world La Paz University Hospital Primary care in the Madrid community revealed for the first time New skin and mucous membrane symptoms infection Coronavirus diseaseBecause they have Announced this week Their authors also published the results in British Journal of Dermatology.
One of the symptoms is the phone ‘covid language‘, which is characterized by an increase in the size of the organ and other tongue lesions (such as mottled descaling), that is, the smoother area of the tongue, which is usually associated with decreased taste. It may be a sign of covid-19, and there are other signs described as fever or cough.
Another symptom that can warn of coronavirus infection is Palms and soles of feetEspecially a Burning and redness In some cases, followed by Peeling Or the very distinctive appearance of small spots.
The study was conducted during the first wave of the pandemic in a hospital installed by IFEMA in April 2020, examining the skin and oral mucosa 666 patients with covid-19 pneumonia. The results showed that 25% of patients had changes in the tongue and mouth, and the palms and soles of the feet had changes as high as 40%.
Specifically, 78 patients (25.65%) had changes in the oral mucosa.The most frequent is Tongue papillitis Transient anterior U-shape (11.5%) with or tongue edema (6.6%); aphthous stomatitis (6.9%), mucositis (3.9%) glossitis with patchy shedding (3.9%); burner (5.3%); tongue coating (1.6%); and xanthin (0.5%). Most people mentioned related indigestion (altered taste).
About changes Palms and feet, Was found in 39.8% of cases, and included Burning sensation (7%), desquamation (25%) and the appearance of certain characteristic spots (15%).
Pioneering research with new symptoms
Coronavirus is associated with many symptoms: respiratory tract, thrombosis, nervous system, digestive system or skin. The latter has been divided into five types: limb ischemic lesions, vesicular lesions, urticaria, maculopapular lesions or Livedoid-like lesions. However, until this study was published, Did not consider oral changes and palm plant lesions Related to covid-19.
The authors concluded that “covid-19 disease can change the oral cavity. Tongue edema with transient U-tongue papillitis or glossitis with mottled plaque shedding are very characteristic signs, as is the burning sensation in the mouth. This kind of burns can also appear on the palms and soles of the feet, with red or peeling spots. Key signs for early diagnosis This disease”.