“COVID toes” can be a symptom of COVID-19.

What exactly are “COVID toes”? Some people have reported a rash on their feet or toes. Doctors who see patients with these symptoms are finding that some of them test positive for COVID-19.

So what are these rashes, and are they dangerous? The rash appears as red or purple bumps on the toes, and sometimes the feet or hands. These bumps can be painful or itchy, but often have no symptoms at all. The good news is that these rashes tend to clear up on their own. We don’t yet know what causes them, but doctors speculate it has to do with the particular way the novel coronavirus gets into our cells. From what we know now, there doesn’t seem to be a connection between “COVID toes” and worsening COVID-19 disease.

It’s important to remember that many things can cause rashes, from viruses to allergic reactions. A rash does not guarantee that you have COVID-19. Still, some doctors believe that rashes on the feet and toes should warrant a COVID-19 test. If you are concerned about a rash you have, call your doctor and let them know. Your doctor will decide whether you should take extra precautions if you go into the office.

 

Last Updated: 5/7/2020
Scientific Review: ERS, GSN