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Long COVID or post-COVID-19 conditions are currently affecting approximately 23 million Americans. In fact, most have had one symptom that lasted 12 weeks or more after infection.

According to the CDC, 1 in 13 adults in the U.S. have long COVID symptoms. These long-term effects prevent many from daily work and life activities and have other negative consequences. This guide will discuss the causes, symptoms, risks, and treatments of long covid.  

What is long COVID/Post Covid? 

According to the CDC, some people who have been infected with COVID-19 experience long-term symptoms lasting for an extended period after their initial infection and illness. This is known as long COVID or Post COVID. Long COVID can last for weeks, months, or longer and can cause a wide range of ongoing health problems. 

Of course, post-COVID affects everyone differently. For the general population, symptoms improve over time. However, It’s not uncommon for symptoms to disappear and reappear. And in more extreme cases, ongoing symptoms can result in disability. 

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long covid post covid can cause many symptoms long after infection.

What causes long Covid? 

While more research is needed to understand what causes long/post-COVID, the CDC has identified a few groups of people who are more likely than others to develop it. 

  1. Individuals who experienced severe COVID-19 symptoms and hospitalization. 
  2. Those with pre-existing health conditions. 
  3. Individuals who are not vaccinated
  4. Those who experienced multisystem inflammatory syndrome during COVID-19

Long COVID Symptoms 

Five major types of symptoms are reported by people suffering from long COVID-19, including general, respiratory, heart, neurological, digestive, and various other symptoms. 

  • Tiredness and fatigue 
  • Fever 
  • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath 
  • Cough and chest pain 
  • Heart palpitations 
  • Brain fog and/or difficulty concentrating 
  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness 
  • Changes in smell and/or taste 
  • Depression/anxiety 
  • Stomach pain 
  • Joint or muscle pain 
  • Rashes

Please note that this is a list of the most commonly reported symptoms and not an exhaustive list, as every person experiences different symptoms. 

Long COVID Risks 

Living with long COVID can impact both your physical and mental health. It can also impact day-to-day quality of life and work, family, and social obligations. 

If you have been diagnosed with long COVID or suspect you are dealing with it, the best course of action is to seek care from a healthcare provider. Together, you can formulate the best symptom management plan. 

Long covid treatments and remedies

Long COVID treatments 

While there are currently no long COVID or post-COVID drugs available to ease symptoms, there are a variety of treatments that can provide relief and comfort. 

General treatments for long COVID include: 

Advanced treatments for long COVID include:

  • Certain medications prescribed by a healthcare professional 
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation with the aid of a respiratory therapist 
  • IV Vitamin Drip Therapy 

Learn how LX Medical can relieve long COVID symptoms with Vitamin IV Therapy, prescribed medications, and Monoclonal antibodies.

5 Tips and Reminders to Manage Post Covid 

In addition to the treatments listed above, the following tips are recommended to help manage long/post-COVID:

1. Track all symptoms, including their frequency, severity, and whether they have improved or changed. 

2. Create a list of concerns and questions if you work with a healthcare provider. 

3. Track and record all appointments with your health care provider or any specialists. 

4.  Set goals with your healthcare provider. 

5. Document your history with COVID, including the date of onset, when your symptoms began, any prior medications or illnesses, chief complaints, and how your symptoms impact your day-to-day life. 

Closing

If you or a loved one suffers from long or post-COVID symptoms, our team at LX Medical can help you create a plan to manage your symptoms. Request an appointment to discuss your care options.

Our team of trained physicians and medical providers can also provide temporary relief in your home or office. Learn about our health and wellness services. 

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