Unfortunately, the job does not end after you recover from Covid-19 infection, which can manifest itself with many symptoms, including inability to breathe, coughing attacks, severe pain, loss of smell and taste, and high fever, although the treatment may vary from person to person, sometimes for weeks or even months!
Acıbadem Maslak Hospital Internal Medicine Specialist Assoc. Dr. Murat Köse “What we have been through for a year has shown us that; There are no organs and systems that Covid-19 infection almost does not involve outside the lung. Therefore, we encounter patients with a wide variety of permanent symptoms that continue after the disease and their number is increasing. Therefore, it is necessary to take some precautions after Covid, ”he says. Internal Diseases Specialist Assoc. Dr. Murat Köse talked about the diseases that may occur after Covid, listed the measures that should be taken into consideration even weeks or even months after recovery, and made important warnings and suggestions.
Covid-19 infection, which was the epidemic of the century, which caused a total mobilization and radically changed our daily life habits, with its appearance in our country a year ago, continues to be the biggest concern today. In addition to the mask, distance and hygiene, although the Covid-19 vaccine is a hope in protection from the epidemic of the century, despite all these measures, the disease can knock on the door! Moreover, having Covid-19 and recovering does not end the problem; After the damage caused by the disease has healed, it can show its effects physically and psychologically in different ways. Acıbadem Maslak Hospital Internal Medicine Specialist Assoc. Dr. Murat Köse says, "What happened in the last year reveals that the problem is not over with the Covid-19 infection and that a wide variety of problems can be experienced days, weeks, even months after healing", he lists these diseases as follows;
Covid-19 can cause these diseases!
- Affecting the central nervous system: Symptoms such as dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, muscle pain, loss of taste and smell, and paralysis.
- Affecting the gastrointestinal system: Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, anorexia, diarrhea, stomach bleeding, acute hepatitis due to liver damage.
- By making hematological and cardiac involvement: Various clinical pictures such as low white cells of the blood, rhythm disturbance, inflammation in the heart muscle, clotting in the leg veins, clot in the lung vessels, heart attack.
- Affecting the urinary system: Blood and protein leak in the urine, damage to the kidney and electrolyte disturbance.
- By affecting especially the pancreas in the endocrine system: It can suppress insulin secretion, which can lead to high blood sugar and sugar coma.
- It causes conjunctivitis and rashes with eye and skin involvement.
The most common complaints after 6 months!
Emphasizing that the process after Covid-19 changes depending on the pre-illness risk factors and the severity of the disease, Assoc. Dr. “More than one third of Covid-19 patients experience more than one permanent symptom. Even at the 6th month of the patients' follow-up, one in every 5 patients still suffered from persistent and characteristic symptoms, ”and explains these persistent symptoms by dividing them into two psychological and neurological symptoms:
Physical complaints: Fatigue, shortness of breath, chest discomfort and cough. For longer than 6 months, patients can apply to the physician with these complaints, and generally no underlying cause can be found as a result of the tests performed. Physical symptoms we see less often; joint pain, headache, dry tears, anorexia, dizziness, dizziness in the head, muscle pain, sleep disturbance, hair loss, sweating and diarrhea. Especially since these complaints impair the quality of life of the patient, it is important to regulate the treatment by giving medication for the symptoms.
Psychological and Neurological complaints; Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, concentration impairment and memory difficulties constitute a situation where the use of antidepressants that seriously affect the comfort of life, work life and family life experienced by patients after Covid-19 is at a considerable level.
Attention to these 5 precautions after Covid!
Get rid of extra pounds: It is undoubtedly very important to have the ideal weight for a healthy body. However, it plays a much more critical role, especially for those who have Covid-19 infection. Overweight; While it can lead to many diseases from high blood pressure to diabetes, from fat accumulation in the vessels to stroke, the risk increases when the damage caused by the Covid-19 infection in the body is added.
Exercise regularly: Inactivity is one of the biggest enemies of our health and it is possible for our body, which was worn out due to Covid-19 infection, to recover with a brisk at least 45 minutes of walking, three days a week. On the contrary, the destruction increases when the sedentary life continues.
Take care of a healthy diet: Strong immunity after Covid; It prevents the possibility of recurrence of the disease and is of great importance for repairing the destruction caused by the infection in the body. For this reason, we should avoid especially heavy and fatty foods, fried foods, delicatessen products, excessive salt, we should definitely include seasonal vegetables on our table, and we should not neglect to consume fish twice a week.
Do not interfere with your medication: If you have chronic diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure, asthma, COPD, be sure to take your medications on time and in sufficient doses.
Do not neglect routine checks: It is very important for those who have had Covid-19 to go to regular routine examinations at regular intervals recommended by their physicians, and not to delay their complaints due to fear of going to the hospital during the pandemic process.