A RED rash in the mouth could be a new symptom of the coronavirus, doctors have warned.
The new research suggests that Covid patients could develop a rash just 12 days after showing other key coronavirus symptoms such as a new persistent cough.
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Experts in Spain examined the mouths of 21 coronavirus patients who had rashes on their skin to see if they had enanthem (oral cavity lesions) or a rash inside the body on the mucous membrane.
The mucous membrane lines many tracts in the body and is found in the mouth, nose, eyelids and lungs.
Coronavirus patients at Roman y Cajal University Hospital in Madrid, Spain were given dermatology appointments between March 30 and April 8.
Researchers found that 29 percent of the patients had some form of enanthem in their mouths.
This is while around 83 per cent of the patients had small purple, red, or brown spots in their oral cavities.
Writing in the paper the researchers added: “This work describes preliminary observations and is limited by the small number of cases and the absence of a control group.
“Despite the increasing reports of skin rashes in patients with Covid-19, establishing an etiological diagnosis is challenging.
“However, the presence of enanthem is a strong clue that suggests a viral etiology rather than a drug reaction, especially when a petechial pattern is observed.”
This is not the first time that skin rashes has been seen in coronavirus patients.
An Italian study previously found skin manifestations in 18 patients, who were described to have “chicken-pox like” symptoms.
NHS England currently lists three key coronavirus symptoms.
These include a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste or smell.
Experts have called for other symptoms such as headaches to be added to the list as more and more patients claim they are experiencing symptoms that the NHS has not listed.
Experts say that it could take between five and 11 days for people to show symptoms of the respiratory illness.
This is while others may not show any symptoms at all.
Scientists revealed last week that there are in fact six different types of the coronavirus.
However none of the six key categories identified by researchers at King’s College London include a mouth rash.
Despite this The King’s College researchers said they had also recently identified skin rash as another key symptom.
They said that patients who suffered the most severe from the coronavirus have a whole host of symptoms.
These include headaches, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
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