COVID toe has been identified as a 'long COVID' symptom – expert reveals how to spot it


As he explained, others have also suggested that rashes can become common when patients are fighting viral infections or when being treated with a course of antibiotics.

“However, the root cause of COVID toe is still not clear and its link to the virus remains circumstantial,” said Dr Littlewood-Hillsdon.

“If patients have tested positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing either a rash or ‘COVID toe’, it is important that they contact their GP practice as this will help Doctors to increase their understanding of the virus and the associated symptoms that can present in different cases,” he added.

According to Dr Littlewood-Hillsdon, other long COVID symptoms include:

  • Tiredness People suspected of suffering with long COVID are reporting ongoing fatigue and extreme tiredness. Some have reported struggling to carry out even basic activities such as walking up the stairs.
  • Aches and pains Muscle aches and pains are a commonly experienced symptom of COVID-19 – if your limbs are still feeling achy and heavy weeks or months after your diagnoses, you may be experiencing long COVID Cognitive problems – whilst cognitive problems is not a recognised symptom of the virus, there is increasing evidence that brain fog, concentration difficulties and memory loss may be long-term effects of COVID-19. These have been reported in patients both young and old.
  • Breathlessness – research teams are seeing a good proportion of people reporting ongoing respiratory problems such as breathlessness in the weeks and months after first experiencing symptoms.
  • Dry cough – a new, persistent, dry cough was one of the first recognised symptoms of COVID-19, which a large number of people are reporting to continue past the typical two-week recovery period.
  • Loss of taste or smell- another WHO recognised symptom is a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. This means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal. Some people suspected of suffering with long COVID have reported the persistence of this symptom.
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