Post Covid Symptoms

An Overview

As several cases of ‘long covid syndrome’ have been reported, doctors recommend covid patients to closely watch their symptoms post-recovery, follow a healthy diet and try going back to their usual routine to prevent psychological problems. Moreover, it is also suggested to pay close attention to Mucormycosis or black fungus infection, which is being detected in various post-recovery Covid patients. The novel coronavirus is a long process that can go from mild to severe health conditions.

Depending on the immunity of a person, COVID-19 can differ in its impact on different people. Similarly, post-COVID conditions, which has become a grave issue in recent times, have also taken a major toll on people’s lives. While many scientists and medical experts continue to find a solution to this escalating problem, a recent study has highlighted two of the most common post-recover symptoms.

Mucormycosis is a rare but serious fungal infection being detected among Covid-19 patients. The disease often manifests in the skin and affects the lungs and the brain. Long COVID is a range of symptoms that can last weeks or months after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 or can appear weeks after infection. Long COVID can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the illness was mild, or they had no symptoms. People with long COVID report experiencing different combinations of the following symptoms:

1. Fatigue & Weakness:

One of the most common symptoms that long haulers are experiencing is fatigue. Many people claim that even a few minutes of work leave them drained out completely. In fact, they have trouble performing simple tasks like bathing as it often leaves them feeling exhausted.
Apart from taking vitamin supplements, make sure you are eating a protein-rich diet and fruits. While exercising also helps, it is important to take it slow as healing is a gradual process.

2. Heart disease:

Chest discomfort, pain or pressure that spreads to your arm, sweating for no obvious reason, the sensation of an irregular heartbeat, and exhaustion that comes on easily–if you feel any of these symptoms days or months after recovering from COVID-19, do not ignore them. This may be an effect of COVID, which could also impact the heart of the healthier age groups. Thus, consult a doctor as soon as possible.

3. Brain Fog & Lack Of Focus:

Many long haulers also complain of brain fog, lack of concentration, and insomnia. A lot of people post-covid feel a sense of confusion and take more time to complete a task.
If you have recently recovered from the virus, then staying surrounded by COVID-related talks or information, may disrupt your sleep. You can meditate, hydrate your body and even take a social media detox if needed.

4. Kidney disease:

A serious issue, kidney disease can prove fatal if not taken care of at the right time. Post recovery, if you develop symptoms like dry and itchy skin, frequent need to urinate, bloody or foamy urine, weight loss, poor appetite, and swelling in feet and ankles – consult a doctor immediately and get your treatment started.

5. Heart Disease:

– Sensation of an irregular heartbeat
– Exhaustion that comes on easily
– Chest discomfort
– Sweating for no obvious reason
– Pain or pressure that spreads to your arm (right or left)

6. Psychological disorders:

As per some Spanish and Italian clinical evaluations conducted in 2020, nearly 50 percent of coronavirus recovered patients faced psychological and neurological disorders. Symptoms of these include brain fog, mood disorders, chronic insomnia, memory loss, lack of concentration, and difficulty in carrying out tasks without support.

7. Rashes:

For many people suffering from COVID-19, the virus can spread to the veins and arteries and cause inflammation, which shows up on the skin. This rapid inflammation can result in rashes, which can be described as ‘red, itchy and even bumpy looking spots’ at times. In younger children and babies, the appearance of mottled or patchy skin, which can happen on the legs, hands, belly or the back could be a sign to look out for.
Patchy, bumpy skin with redness can also happen due to the change in the blood pressure levels and flow of oxygen in the body.

8. Dry lips:

As many patients have pointed out, lips can become sore if they have been suffering from coronavirus infection.
Developing dry, scaly lips during the infection phase can be common and the soreness can also spread inside the mouth. It is most likely a cause of skin dryness and blisters which happen with the infection.
Dry lips can also happen when you are dehydrated, or not getting ample nutrition during recovery.

Some other symptoms

• Tiredness or fatigue
• Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”)
• Headache
• Loss of smell or taste
• Dizziness on standing
• Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)
• Chest pain
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Cough
• Joint or muscle pain
• Depression or anxiety
• Fever
• Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities.

Home remedies

A number of home treatments may help manage symptoms of COVID-19.
These treatments do not cure the disease, but they may make a person more comfortable.
A healthcare professional can advise a person on how to treat their symptoms. However, theCDC recommend:
• getting plenty of rest
• remaining hydrated
• taking over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as acetaminophe

Treatment

There are ways to help manage post-COVID conditions and many patients with these symptoms are getting better with time. If you think you have a post-COVID condition, talk to your healthcare provider about options for managing or treating your symptoms and resources for support. Post-COVID care clinics are opening at medical centers across the United States to address patient needs.
Studies have pointed out people who have certain pre-existing medical conditions, such as respiratory disorders, obesity, seniors (which could impact immunity) are more likely to be at risk of developing long COVID.
Diabetic patients, who have recovered from COVID-19 need to pay extra attention since they have a higher risk of developing skin infection, suffer from bleeds and cuts.

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