Usually, this type of rash is one that lasts a long time—sometimes, it's even permanent. But as Health previously reported, dermatologists are seeing transient livedo reticularis in patients with COVID-19, meaning the rash comes and goes. The rash presents itself as tiny purple, red, or brown spots that one may mistake for bruising under the skin.
According to Dr. Bataille and Falchi, the rashes that may be associated with COVID-19 have no long-term effects, with most clearing up. "However, for some, the rashes are quite recurrent and can come and go for weeks and months. Some of the rashes can be very itchy and affect sleep, so there may be a need a prescription from a doctor," they say.
People who think they're having skin symptoms of COVID-19 should wear a mask, quarantine if they are otherwise well, and arrange a telehealth appointment with their health care provider to address their symptoms, according to Mary Stevenson, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Health.
"Your dermatologist can help you with your skin by suggesting treatments for any painful lesions, but stay safe and call them or arrange a visit virtually," she tells Health. "If you have other symptoms like respiratory issues or extensive skin lesions, you need to be triaged either virtually or in person. You should also get tested [for COVID]."
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