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Dermatological manifestations of COVID-19

The Academy has gathered evidence from dermatologists regarding skin manifestations of COVID-19. A summary of this evidence is available below and can be downloaded as a PDF.

  • There is evolving evidence suggesting that skin manifestations may occur in some COVID-19 patients

  • One of these skin manifestations may be pernio-like lesions of the feet and/or hands

  • New onset of pernio-like lesions potentially related to COVID-19, in the absence of any other clear cause, should prompt a discussion between patient and their physician, and may include:

    • A case-by-case discussion of appropriateness of self-isolation following CDC guidelines

    • A case-by-case discussion of COVID-19 testing by PCR and/or IgM and IgG serology, following local testing guidelines

  • Skin lesions of pernio, without other COVID-19 indications for urgent evaluation, should be managed with careful consideration of not overburdening local emergency room resources

Dermatological manifestations of COVID-19

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