‘COVID Tongue’ May Be a Symptom, Professor Says
January 29, 20201 – A professor in the UK says he is finding more COVID-19 patients reporting oral problems, such as discoloration and enlargement of the tongue.
“Seeing an increasing number of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a weird symptom or even just a headache and fatigue, stay home! tweeted Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, who included one of the many tongue photos he receives daily.
“My mail is filled with tongues every morning from people who had language issues that coincided with Covid symptoms like fever and fatigue – but baffled doctors. Happy to share so that we all become experts… ”he tweeted.
He said 35% of people had unconventional symptoms of COVID within the first 3 days, such as “rashes, toe covids, and over 20 symptoms of covid that are ignored.”
The CDC does not include swollen or discolored tongues as symptoms of COVID-19, but the list of symptoms has grown since the start of the pandemic.
“It’s sort of in sync with everything about COVID. When he broke onto the scene, as I like to put it figuratively, we opened our medicine textbooks to COVID, and there were only blank pages, ”said William Schaffner, MD, professor of diseases infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, according to NBC News.
“Since then, we’ve filled in the lickety-split blank pages, and this may be part of the clinical syndrome in some patients.
NBC News said a study of Spanish COVID patients found that just over 10% had some sort of mouth problem, such as a swollen tongue or mouth ulcers.
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