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Madrid (AFP) – Tongue changes, the soles of the hands or feet, may indicate early signs of Kovid-19 infection, Spanish researchers found in a study presented on Tuesday (26 January).

The findings of research carried out among 666 patients with Kovid-19 at the IFEMA region hospital in Madrid, the regional government said.

One in four patients stated that they had noticed changes in their tongue, while four out of 10 had abnormal signs on the palms of their hands or the soles of the feet.

The study was conducted in April by health professionals from Madrid’s La Paz Hospital and Primary Care Services, with findings published in the British Journal of Dermatology in September as a “research paper”.

Some patients reported tongue swelling and the presence of patches, dubbed the “Kovid tongue”, which was associated with loss of taste on several occasions.

Another symptom was irritation and redness in the palms or soles of the feet, which in some cases occurred after the appearance of small blanes.

The letter stated that about half of the patients with mild-to-moderate Kovid-19 were admitted to a field-hospital during a two-week period that showed mucous findings.

“The oral cavity was often involved and deserves specific examination under appropriate circumstances to avoid infectious risk.”

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