Gangrene and Swollen Tongues Added To List of COVID-19 Symptoms

Gangrene and Swollen Tongues Added To List of COVID-19 Symptoms

The list of COVID-19 symptoms continues to grow and now includes gangrene and swollen tongues, which is seen in the most severe cases.

In Italy, doctors were forced to amputate three fingers of an 86-year-old woman back in April, after they’d turned completely black from developing gangrene. COVID-19 caused severe clotting in the woman, which cut off the blood supply to her fingers. A new report published in the European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery called the case a “severe manifestation” of the virus.

King’s College London researcher Tim Spector reported last week that one in five COVID-19 patients had reported uncommon side effects, including skin rashes, mouth sores, and an enlarged tongue.

Spector says that “COVID tongue” is one of the rarest symptoms he has seen. COVID tongue occurs when coronavirus patients’ tongues swell up, sometimes outside of the mouth. Spector says that this affects less than 1 in 100 people.

One in five COVID-19 patients still experiences more common symptoms, including fever, body aches, the inability to smell and taste, trouble breathing, nausea, and nasal congestion.

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