In the past few weeks, our nation has faced the COVID-19 pandemic. Some patients experienced newer symptoms than others. Most of the world feared they caught the novel coronavirus. From fevers to difficulty breathing to massive headaches to now a potential coronavirus skin rash. Our dermatologist in Delray Beach is here to share whether or not coronavirus can cause a rash.

Does Coronavirus Cause a Rash?

It’s not uncommon to feel worried when you see a rash appear anywhere on your body, especially during a worldwide pandemic. Skin rashes are also widespread in viral infections. These uncomfortable irritations can itch, sting, burn, and cause pain. They may appear in welts, blotches, and even small bumps. Out of all the coronavirus symptoms, a skin rash is thankfully not common among patients; they are, however, reported to similar viral infections. 1

There has been an overwhelming amount of information in the media, which has led to many people believing they have caught COVID-19 due to one sneeze or cough. While a coronavirus rash is uncommon at this time, you might experience an increase in hand eczema. According to our eczema dermatologist, the constant hand washing is good for killing germs, but you might be noticing itchy, red, irritated hands. Over-washing can lead to dry skin and result in the inflammation of your skin. The protective lipid layer keeps in moisture, but the over-washing can cause a skin rash leading to flaking, redness, and even cracking. If you have never experienced eczema before, it’s totally normal to feel like you have caught some sort of viral disease, especially amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic.

What Is the Best Eczema Treatment?

If you believe you have COVID-19, please contact your healthcare providers. However, if the only symptom you are experiencing is red, inflamed, itchy, flaky skin, then you most likely have a mild case of eczema. Dairy and soy products as well as a change in the environment can lead to eczema flare-ups. Dr. Wassef can adequately assess your symptoms and determine a specialized route for treatment. While our team is still actively seeing patients and maintaining CDC health guidelines, we understand if you are hesitant to enter a public place. The best eczema treatment you can do during this COVID-19 outbreak is to apply an anti-itch or calamine lotion, apply cold, wet compresses, and moisturize twice a day. Make sure you avoid scratching the inflamed area. Try covering the skin rash with a soft material and keep your nails short to avoid breaking the skin.

If the pain persists, please contact the Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery Institute today to speak to our medical experts. While your skin rash isn’t directly associated with COVID-19, if you develop any of the coronavirus symptoms, please contact your healthcare providers. Continue practicing proper hygiene and social distancing; stay safe out there. For all your dermatology needs, make an appointment with Dr. Wassef today.


  1. DermNet NZ – COVID-19 and dermatology patients