October 20, 2022
“It is very important to know that skin lesions in children may be the only manifestation of Covid-19. Therefore, making a timely diagnosis will allow the isolation of contacts and thus prevent the spread of the infection”, says Dr. Luciana Ganoza, pediatric dermatologist at our clinic.
What dermatological lesions associated with Covid-19 frequently occur in children?
The lesions that can occur are very varied, among them we have red spots, pimples, blisters, scabs, which can cause itching on certain occasions. Pseudoperniosis has also been described, which manifests itself in redness and swelling of the feet and, eventually, hands; and which may be associated with burning pain or a burning sensation.
How is the diagnosis of these injuries made?
The diagnosis is made based on the evaluation of the patient, associated with data from the clinical record (history of contact with sick people or confirmed cases of Covid-19, associated symptoms) and laboratory tests.
How are they treated?
In most cases, the lesions disappear spontaneously without leaving sequelae, so they only require surveillance. However, on certain occasions, when itching or pain occurs, the specialist may indicate the use of topical corticosteroids, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories or analgesics.
When should you visit a specialist?
It is recommended to go to the specialist before the appearance of any type of skin lesions whose origin cannot be determined or if they are associated with discomfort such as itching, pain or systemic symptoms (those that affect the entire body, instead of a single part or to a specific organ).
Dr. Luciana Ganoza
Pediatric Dermatologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma