Changes in Taste & Smell
Researchers have found that over 25% of the patients suffering mild to moderate COVID-19 infections presented with inflammation, bumps, coating, and ulcers on the tongue. In their study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, they also found that 40% suffered from burning, hives, skin peeling, and redness on the palms of their hands and the soles of their feet, and nearly half—45.7%—experienced changes to their tongues, feet and hands.
“Almost half of patients with mild‐to‐moderate COVID-19 admitted in a field‐hospital during a two‐week period showed mucocutaneous findings,” the researchers reported.
There are various forms of “COVID tongue,” according to the researchers. They include transient lingual papillitis, described as inflammation of the small bumps on the surface of the tongue, glossitis, in which the tongue swells and changes color, aphthous stomatitis, brought on by benign and non-contagious mouth ulcers, and also patchy white coating on the tongue.
SARS-2 COVID-19 Long-haulers commonly report that they experience long-term changes to taste and smell and that it negatively affects their quality of life.
“The Foundation is Recruiting 5,000 Volunteers With COVID-19 for a Nasopharyngeal Sensory Research Study to Explore Issues of Taste & Smell”
The Foundation has established a Forum and set up Groups, Chats & Blogs and a Dedicated Mobile Daily Tracking Applet that is used to evaluate the long-term effects of COVID-19 on Taste & Smell to determine:
- The Incidence & Prevalence of this condition among COVID Long-haulers
- The spectrum of Taste & Smell disorders among Long-haulers–symptoms
- Measurement of baseline and physiologic values—physical diagnostics
- Treatments & Ways to Alleviate
Groups will be sorted by condition and tracked and monitored for a period of up-to twelve months and the Foundation will publish findings. A follow-on project is contemplated to examine the underlying genomic alleles to determine the underlying mechanisms associated with COVID Sensory Loss.
Together these projects will build a Registry that includes data, a patient registry & tissue libraries.