Dermatology in a multidisciplinary approach with infectious disease and obstetric medicine against COVID-19

Rachel K. Lim, Saisanjana Kalagara, Kenneth K. Chen, Eleftherios Mylonakis, George Kroumpouzos

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The care for patients infected with COVID-19 requires a team approach, and dermatologists may collaborate with other specialties, especially infectious disease (ID) medicine and obstetrics and gynecology (ObGyn), at every stage of the infection process. A broad spectrum of cutaneous manifestations may occur early in COVID-19 infection, making appropriate dermatologic identification critical for an early diagnosis. There is prognostic value in appropriately identifying different types of COVID-19–associated skin manifestations, which have been linked to disease severity. Such observations emanated from dermatology research, especially large series and international registries of cutaneous manifestations relating to COVID-19, and impact COVID-19 care provided by most health care providers. Also, research based on international registries of skin reactions from the COVID-19 vaccines has an impact across disciplines. An increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is encountered during pregnancy, and dermatologists’ role is to urge ObGyn and other clinicians to monitor and educate pregnant patients about the potential for eruptions as a manifestation of COVID-19. ID and ObGyn experts indicate that teledermatology enhanced the interaction among health care providers and improved COVID-19 care. More than 40% of all dermatology consultations at a tertiary care hospital were done via teledermatology. Future collaborative research involving dermatology and specialties, such as ID and ObGyn, could help delineate guidelines for dermatology consultations in patients infected with COVID-19 and determine cases appropriate for teledermatology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-646
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Women's Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • COVID-19
  • dermatology
  • eruption
  • infectious disease
  • obstetric medicine
  • pregnancy
  • skin
  • vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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