Treatment of COVID Long Haulers: Long-Term Effects of COVID-19
COVID-19 Symptoms Can Linger for Months
The long-term after-effects of COVID-19 can be devastating and debilitating. The signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection can continue for weeks – even months – after a patient receives a negative test.
Long COVID syndrome (long COVID), post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (PACS), and post COVID-19 syndrome (PCS) are all used to refer to these lingering effects. Patients who experience COVID-19 symptoms for weeks and months after being infected are termed "long haulers."
These lingering symptoms can affect any former COVID-19 patient – whether you had a severe case of the disease, a mild case, or even if you initially had no symptoms at all. These symptoms can be difficult to live with, but we can help. Call us today to ask about how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) at Skaggs Chiropractic in Joplin, MO, can help you control long-term symptoms of PACS.
What Causes Long COVID?
The most frustrating factor for COVID-19 long haulers is that no one knows exactly why this is happening. We don't yet truly understand the long-term effects of the disease, much less how to determine who is more likely to suffer these effects, and for how long.
There have been some 33.2 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States since the onset of the pandemic. It is speculated that the continuing symptoms are the long-term effects of Oxygen suppression to the tissues during the disease process.
The state of decreased Oxygen in the body is referred to as hypoxia. Hypoxia affects every cell and tissue of the human body. We all need that vital gas, Oxygen. This could also be one of the reasons the body has such a difficult time battling this disease. There are several pilot studies underway looking into how Oxygen and acid levels in the body can treat COVID-19.
At Skaggs Chiropractic, we do not treat COVID-19, but we can help you manage the debilitating symptoms associated with long COVID. Contact us to learn how.
What Are Some Symptoms of Long COVID?
Long haulers may experience the following symptoms:
- Brain fog
- Severe fatigue
- Moderate to severe headaches
- Loss of smell
- Loss of taste
- Dizziness upon arising
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic cough
These symptoms may worsen with activity, making it difficult for a patient to manage their own care. It can also be difficult for patients to source supplementary Oxygen that is required for the management of their symptoms.
What Can I Do About My Long COVID Symptoms?
Because we’re still learning about this disease, new treatment options for long-term COVID-19 symptoms are being explored every day. Although we have not found a cure for the disease itself, there is hope!
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is an innovative treatment option that can help you manage symptoms of long COVID. During HBOT, the patient breathes in high concentrations of Oxygen in a highly pressurized environment. HBOT has been noted to facilitate the recovery of long haulers and lessen their symptoms.
Dr. Steven Skaggs, who has been practicing for over 24 years, has been using HBOT to help residents of Joplin and beyond find relief from long COVID symptoms. Schedule an appointment with us today to benefit from this innovative treatment and Dr. Skaggs’ decades of experience.
Schedule an Appointment Today
It’s time for you to finish recovering from COVID-19 symptoms and get on with your life. Reclaim your quality of life today by seeking care from Dr. Skaggs at Skaggs Chiropractic in Joplin.
Discover how HBOT can change your life; schedule an appointment today.