COVID Symptoms No One Talks About But Should – Eat This, Not That

We are familiar with the usual COVID-19 symptoms at this point – cough, sore throat, fatigue and so on. However, some symptoms are uncommon and can last for months. “If you have long-standing COVID symptoms, you should seek treatment,” says Devang Sanghavi, MD. “As we’ve seen in a lot of these surveys and studies of post-COVID syndrome, this condition doesn’t usually come with just one symptom — there’s a cluster of symptoms.” Here are some unusual COVID symptoms that people aren’t aware of speak – but it should be. Read on – and don’t miss these to protect your health and the health of others Sure signs you already had COVID.

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Doctors report seeing people with long-term gastrointestinal issues like gas, diarrhea, and constipation. “Although we are not yet sure, there are several ways in which the COVID-19 infection could cause gastrointestinal problems,” says Greg Vanichkachorn, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic’s COVID Activity Rehabilitation Program. “For example, the gut lining has a large amount of the receptors that the SARS-COV2 virus uses to enter cells. The general inflammation caused by the infection can also disrupt the normal bacteria that live in the gut and stimulate some of the nerves of the gastrointestinal tract.”

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Long-term erectile dysfunction is a worrying symptom of long-term COVID. “I’ve seen young, healthy men, as well as older men with other medical conditions, develop erectile dysfunction after contracting COVID-19.” says urologist Amarnath Rambhatla, MD. “But older men could be at an increased risk of developing erectile dysfunction because of underlying medical problems. There are a few other reasons why older men might be at increased risk of developing erectile dysfunction after COVID-19: Testosterone levels fall as we age, and we know that testosterone is needed for normal erectile function. As you get older, you’re also more likely to experience an increased inflammatory response to COVID-19.”

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If COVID has made you feel like you’re not feeling like yourself, you’re not alone — there have been reports of major post-COVID personality changes, particularly those related to anger and anger issues. “In advanced imaging — particularly in some of our studies — we see changes in blood flow, blood permeability, and brain metabolism that intersect with areas responsible for these areas of personality,” says neurologist Anna Nordvig, MD. “Neuropsychology testing is something we also send some patients to to help with diagnosis [personality] change. This is still under investigation.”

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The pandemic has (understandably) exacerbated the mental illnesses of many people. “The reality is that our brains don’t exist in a bubble” says Heather Murray, MD, MPH. “So if you have systemic inflammatory issues or viral syndromes that affect other organs, it makes sense that they also affect the brain and cause other mental symptoms. Unfortunately, this is something that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, for example, have been experiencing for years… The reality is that depression is rampant and many people with COVID have a history of depression. They are going through a terrible time in their lives, not to mention society is going through a terrible time.

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Hair loss can be a distressing side effect of COVID. “The hair loss that occurs after COVID-19 infection occurs due to overactive inflammation in the body,” says dermatologist Alexis Young, MD. “The inflammation can lead to a shift in the hair cycle. Hair loss after a stressful situation is not uncommon. People can experience hair loss after childbirth or major surgery, and we’re now seeing the same results in some people after COVID-19 infection.”

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Follow public health principles and help end this pandemic no matter where you live – get vaccinated or boosted as soon as possible; If you live in an area with low vaccination rates, carry an N95 face masknot travelling, maintaining social distancing, avoiding large crowds, not going indoors with people you are not sheltering with (especially in bars), practicing good hand hygiene and protecting your life and the lives of others, not visiting any of these 35 places where you are most likely to contract COVID.

Ferozan Mast

Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for bringing science and research-backed information to a wide audience. Continue reading

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