We’ve all heard of COVID tongue, rash, and even fingers and toes, and now there’s another possible sign that you have the virus: COVID nails.
Professor Tim Spector, the principal investigator of Zoe’s COVID study app, shared a photo of the phenomenon on Twitter, saying that COVID nails are “more and more recognized as nails recovered after infection and the disease”. Growth has returned to a clear line. “
Also known as Beau’s lines, horizontal furrows or indentations appear in the nail plate and can be caused by disruption of nail growth due to injury or illness.Spector noted that in patients, COVID can occur with: It does not require any skin rashes and does not seem to be dangerous.
A case report published in the Health Journal states that the phenomenon was documented in COVID patients elsewhere.A 45-year-old man presented a horizontal slit on his fingernails and toenails – three and a half months earlier. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 after a positive PCR test.His symptoms lasted 10 days and he did not need hospitalization.
Dr Tanya Bleiker, president of the British Association of Dermatologists, told HuffPost UK that it is also something dermatologists are witnessing in COVID patients.
“These changes have long been recognized as’ Beau’s lines’ and are transverse indents in the nails of multiple or all nails and sometimes toenails, ‘she said.
Notches usually appear on the nails two to three weeks after the illness, and a little more in the toenails. “They’re harmless and grow over time,” adds Bleiker.
It’s important to note that Beau’s line isn’t specific to COVID, so it’s not a sure sign that you have the virus.Other causes include nail injury, eczema, severe malnutrition, Raynaud’s disease, high blood pressure, Epilepsy, kidney failure, Kawasaki disease, and chemotherapy.
It is also associated with a high fever, according to Dermatology Advisor, which is one of the main symptoms of coronavirus, but also a number of other ailments such as scarlet fever, pneumonia, and malaria.
There is no specific treatment for the strands, and the researchers note that they tend to return to normal if the underlying condition is resolved. Once that happens, it can take about six months for the nails – and strands – to grow out and disappear completely.
If they do not grow or appear more visible then consult your dermatologist or doctor if there may be other symptoms that could cause them.
Another nail replacement that appears to be linked to the coronavirus is the presence of a red half-moon-shaped mark on the nail near the cuticle. Researchers aren’t sure why this happened. But they believe it may be related to vascular inflammation caused by the virus.