Long Covid – Managing the After-Effects
Some people who recover from Covid-19 don’t recover fully and for some, living with the aftermath can be quite debilitating.
What is Long Covid?
Our own research is revealing that Long Covid is a multi-system condition with more than a dozen symptoms lasting months, and in rare cases, we have patients that have been suffering for more than a year.
As if suffering from symptomatic Covid-19 wasn’t bad enough, we estimate that 10% to 30% of all Covid-19 patients suffer from longer-term symptoms associated with Long Covid.
What are the symptoms of Long Covid?
Long Covid describes symptoms that last longer than four weeks after a Covid-19 diagnosis.
We have identified eight categories of symptoms:
1. Neurological; including brain fog, headache, sleep disturbances, pins and needles / numbness,
dizziness, and delirium.
2. Psychological / Psychiatric; depression and anxiety.
3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
4. Dermatological; skin rashes.
5. Ear, Nose & Throat; tinnitus, earache, sore throat and prolonged loss of smell and taste.
6. Respiratory & Cardiovascular; breathlessness, prolonged cough, chest tightness, palpitations.
7. Musculoskeletal; joint and muscle pain.
8. Gastrointestinal; abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, reduced appetite and weight changes.
What Causes Long Covid?
While further research is required, there is some evidence that dormant viruses in the body are reactivated by Covid-19. These dormant viruses include the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the chickenpox virus (that can cause shingles) as well as human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), which causes herpes simplex viruses, herpes zoster, as well as the common childhood illness sixth disease.
These viruses can be harmless and symptomless and managed by a healthy immune system, until reactivated by Covid-19 infection and/or stress.
What Are We Doing to Treat Long Covid?
There are two primary treatment protocols we’ve developed to treat Long Covid.
The first focuses on detoxing the body using Advanced Nutrient Therapy. This process is vitally important and involves restoring liver function, reducing oxidative stress, and reducing viral load.
The second protocol focuses on restoring the body’s immune function. This generally involves rebalancing nutrient levels and is based on pathology results.
There’s no doubt that Covid’s long shadow can be dark and daunting. However, there are proactive steps sufferers can take to restore their health and move forward. If you or someone you love is suffering Long Covid and need help or advice, contact Elixir today.