Post Covid Symptoms Treatment
COVID-19 Long Hauler Clinic
In some patients the effects of COVID-19 linger after the infection is no longer active. These patients who suffer from lingering symptoms of the virus are called long haulers. They have in theory recovered from the worst impacts of COVID-19 and some may have tested negative for the antibodies; however, they are still symptomatic. They may have lingering symptoms or have developed new complaints which range from mild to debilitating.
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
Loss of taste or smell- even if this did not occur during the height of the illness
Most of the symptoms of COVID-19 are a result of an overactive immune system response resulting in cytokines (which are the body’s anti-inflammatory cells) which indiscriminately cause inflammation and problems with many or all of the organs in the body. This is the same mechanism that occurs in many autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and several other conditions which are routinely treated by a rheumatologist such as Dr. Norman Gaylis and his associates, using multiple treatments ranging from corticosteroids to biologic drugs.
Based on our experience at AARDS of this immune inflammatory behavior, we have been treating several COVID-19 “long haul” patients with a similar approach with treatment choices tailored to the particular presentation of each patient’s symptoms. We are also optimistic that in the near future we will be able to have the opportunity to start treating long haul patients with a unique monoclonal antibody through a clinical research study currently under review by the FDA.
Telemedicine Available for Covid Long Haulers who live within driving distance to the office as a follow-up in person visit is needed if you suffer from Covid Long hauler symptoms.