In addition to a growing list of strange potential symptoms of the new coronavirus, there may be another reason: “COVID tongue.”
A British researcher who is helping to track the COVID-19 warning signs is reporting more cases of infected people complaining of tongue discoloration, enlargement and other mouth problems.
“Kovid seeing an increasing number of tongue and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a strange symptom or even just a headache and fatigue at home! “Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, Tweeted this month.
They believe that more than a third, 35%, of COVID-19 patients have non-classic symptoms of the disease in the first three days, so it is important to draw attention to skin rashes, COVID toes, and other warning signs Who “ignore,” ” She wrote.
Spector did not respond to the TODAY request for comment, but other researchers have also linked the tongue and mouth symptoms to the new coronavirus.
When doctors studied 666 patients with COVID Spain 19 in Spain, more than a tenth of them – 78 – demonstrated “oral cavity findings”, according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.
Of that group, 11% had swelling of small bumps on the surface of the tongue; 6% had a swollen and swollen tongue with indentation on the side; 6% had mouth ulcers; 4% had “patchy” areas on the tongue; And 4% had swelling of the tissue in the mouth.
The authors wrote that oral cavities are “entitled to specific examination under appropriate circumstances to avoid infectious risk.”
Tongue or mouth issues – other than a sore throat – do not appear on the list of COVID-19 symptoms compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the agency acknowledged that it is still learning more about the new coronovirus Therefore the page ‘t contains all possible warning signs.
Eventually, the loss of smell and taste previously seemed an odd symptom, but is now considered one of the commonest manifestations and is part of the list.
Other yet to be confirmed sensations include “fizzing”, or tingling reported by some COVID-19 patients. Will “COVID tongue” be put in a similar category?
“It is a kind of synergy with all things about COVID. When it burst onto the scene, as I would like to say, figuratively, we opened our medical textbooks to COVID and had only blank pages, ”said Dr. Dr. Professor of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. William Scheffner told TODAY.
“So since then, we have been filling liquid-splits in empty pages and it may well be that this is part of the clinical syndrome that some patients have.”
Scheffner has not seen cases of “COVID tongue”, but he has heard it in discussion. It is not the case that the mouth becomes vulnerable to new coronaviruses, but that COVID-19 can establish an immunological status such as other viruses such as herpes labialis – herpes virus above the waist, or herpes simplex type 1, causing An infection of the lips, mouth, or gums – may be active, Scheffner said.
Researchers still need to determine if any mouth and tongue issues are actually related to COVID-19, he said.
Dr., director of infection prevention and control at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York. “People react differently to different diseases,” said Waleed Javed.
He stated that he would not consider the “COVID tongue” as a diagnostic tool for the disease at this time because it appears to occur in a very small proportion of people.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery cannot immediately comment on whether cases of mouth and tongue have been reported by patients with COVID-19.