Oral Symptoms Possible COVID Clues
A distinguishing feature of COVID-19 has been the baffling variety of ways it manifests in people who test positive—from no discernable symptoms to physical and cognitive issues typically not associated with a respiratory virus. Two recent studies add new pieces to the diagnostic puzzle, by exploring the link between oral symptoms and novel coronavirus.
The first study, published June 16 in the journal Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, evaluated symptoms in 140 COVID-19 patients. It concluded that “a considerable number” experienced oral and olfactory (taste and smell) disorders, and that “women presented with a different cluster of symptoms than men, which may suggest a new clinical approach to diagnosing COVID-19 disease.”
The second study, published June 26 in the journal Evidence-Based Dentistry, studied three coCariodontal.comnfirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients displaying dermatological symptoms in the mouth. Two of the patients had oral lesions typical of those seen with herpes simplex, although the patients had no history of that virus. The third patient had lesions on the tongue consistent with a dermatological immune reaction known as erythema multiforme. The study’s authors conclude that there may be a link between novel coronavirus and oral dermatological symptoms, which may be overlooked during diagnostic evaluations.
Research sourced by Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cariodontal, 310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck, NY. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-282-0310 or visit Cariodontal.com.