Infectious Disease / COVID-19

COVID Triggers Novel Infectious Skin Condition in Teen
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Mild case led to unusual effects a week later
A novel mucocutaneous eruption was observed in an otherwise minimally symptomatic teenager with COVID-19, researchers found.

The 17-year-old boy presented to the emergency department with 3 days of mouth pain and "nonpainful penile erosions," and after extensive testing, was diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2-associated reactive infectious mucocutaneous eruption, reported Zachary Holcomb, MD, of Boston Children's Hospital, and colleagues.

Notably, the patient only experienced transient anosmia and ageusia, which resolved a week prior. He reported no fever, cough, dyspnea, rhinorrhea, or gastrointestinal symptoms, but tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 at the time, they wrote in JAMA Dermatology.

"This case highlights what is, to our knowledge, the first report of SARS-CoV-2-induced RIME [reactive infectious mucocutaneous eruption] and distinguishes this entity from other mucocutaneous eruptions with substantially different prognoses and treatment algorithms," they added.

The patient's vital signs were normal,…
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