There may be one more addition to the growing list of strange possible symptoms of the new coronavirus: “Covid tongue.”
A UK researcher who helps track Covid-19 warning signs reports more cases of infected people complaining of tongue discoloration, enlargement and other mouth problems.
“To see more and more Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a strange symptom, or just a headache and fatigue, stay home! “Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, tweeted this month.
He believes that more than a third of COVID-19 patients, 35 percent, have non-classic disease symptoms in the first three days. Hence, it is important to draw attention to rashes. Covid toes and other warning signs that are “ignored” he wrote.
Spector didn’t respond to a request for comment, but other researchers have also reported tongue and mouth symptoms related to the new coronavirus.
When doctors in Spain examined 666 patients with Covid-19, more than a tenth of them – 78 – referred to one in the British Journal of Dermatology.
Of this group, 11 percent had inflammation of the small bumps on the surface of the tongue; 6 percent had a swollen and inflamed tongue with side depressions; 6 percent had mouth ulcers; 4 percent had “blotchy” areas on the tongue; and 4 percent had swelling of the tissues in their mouth.
The oral cavity “deserves specific examination under appropriate circumstances to avoid the risk of infection,” the authors wrote.
Tongue or mouth problems – other than sore throat – do not occur on the List of Covid-19 symptoms Compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the agency has admitted it is learning more about the new coronavirus, so the page does not include all possible warning signs.
After all, loss of smell and taste seemed a strange symptom at first, but is now considered one of the most common manifestations and is part of the list.
Other sensations still to be confirmed are “Bubbling, ”Or a tingling sensation that some Covid-19 patients have reported. Will “Covid Tongue” be placed in a similar category?
“This is in line with all of the things about Covid,” said Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee Figuratively, we Covid opened our medical textbooks and there were only blank pages. “
Schaffner has not seen any “Covid Tongue” cases, but has discussed it. It may be that the mouth is not susceptible to the new coronavirus, but that Covid-19 may create an immune condition so that other viruses such as e.g. Cold sore – The herpes virus above the waist or type 1 herpes simplex virus, which causes infection of the lips, mouth, or gums, could potentially be activated, Schaffner said.
Researchers have yet to determine if mouth and tongue problems are actually related to Covid-19, he added.
“People react differently to different diseases,” said Dr. Waleed Javaid, director of infection prevention and control at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York.
But he would not consider “Covid Tongue” as a diagnostic tool for the disease at this point just because it appears to occur in a very small fraction of people, he noted.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery were unable to immediately comment on whether cases of mouth and tongue problems were reported from Covid-19 patients.