Coronavirus infection: A long COVID symptom on your skin that may bother you for months


01/5Common COVID symptom felt on your skin

Coronavirus infection affects our internal organs gravely, leading to several short and long symptoms. Those with a strong immune system and better health recover from the contagious infection in a span of 15 days, while others have to deal with its long term symptoms. From dizziness to hair loss, COVID-19 can lead to a range of symptoms that you may experience weeks or months after recovering from the initial infections. Another strange sign of long COVID-19 can be felt on your skin and may go unnoticed.

02/5​What is long COVID-19?

After getting infected with the coronavirus, a person shows symptoms within 7 to 10 days. These signs get better within 15 days in the case of mild cases of infection. If the viral load is high, the symptoms may stay for longer and the person may even need to be hospitalised. Mostly, in the case of severe coronavirus infection, some symptoms may be experienced even after months after the initial infection. In clinical terms, any signs of coronavirus infection that appear about 90 days after the initial infection disappears are termed as long COVID. These long COVID symptoms either go away with time or may even require hospitalisation.

03/5​Signs that can be felt on your skin

A common sign of long COVID that you may feel in your skin is a tingling sensation. Your skin may experience pins and needles, prickling, tingling or numbness on the skin. In medical terms, the tingling sensation is called paresthesia. The numbness or a burning feeling is mostly felt in the extreme in the hands, arms, legs, or feet. Besides, it can also be experienced in other parts of the body. It is the same "pins and needles" as we feel after sitting in the same position for a longer time. It is caused when too much pressure is placed on the nerve that supplies blood to a limb and goes away when we move our body. But in the case of long COVID, it is caused without any reason and may bother for a longer time.

04/5​Other causes of paresthesia

Frequent and chronic paresthesia can be caused due to several serious underlying conditions. They should not be taken lightly and discussed with the doctor immediately. Other causes of paresthesia include:


Multiple sclerosis

Tumour in the spinal cord or brain

High levels of vitamin D or other vitamins



High blood pressure


Nerve injury

05/5​Who is more likely to suffer from long COVID

Feeling tingling in the skin is just one symptom of long COVID, other common signs include fatigue, breathlessness, cough, joint pain, chest pain, memory, muscle pain and palpitation. Who will suffer from these symptoms of long COVID and who will not, is difficult to predict. There is no singular test for long COVID. The only option is to wait and look for some unusual signs. If you experience any symptom, consult your doctor immediately to begin the treatment and avoid any complications.


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