An Australian doctor has revealed how to treat seven lingering post-Covid conditions including insomnia, a persistent cough and stomach issues.
Perth-based GP, Dr Deb Cohen-Jones, listed the seven most common complaints and how to deal with them effectively in an Instagram post.
The busy physician said she is now seeing an influx in patients who have recovered from their initial Covid infection but continue to have post-infection symptoms.
Perth-based GP, Dr Deb Cohen-Jones, explained the seven most common post-Covid complaints and how to deal with them effectively in an Instagram post
In an attempt to help as many Covid sufferers as possible Dr Deb listed the ailments and how to combat them.
The seven most common complaints include fatigue, a persistent dry cough, gastrointestinal symptoms like loss of taste and diarrhoea, nasal congestion, dry skin, brain fog and insomnia, she explained.
But it appears there is a simple solution to tackling each of the symptoms.
Post infectious cough
This is one of the most common post-Covid complaints and is due to inflammation of the airways, the doctor explained.
It is described as a dry, persistent cough which gets worse at night.
‘This is best treated with a short course of a steroid puffer prescribed by your GP. It is also important to be examined and exclude pneumonia or bronchitis,’ Dr Deb said.
‘This is probably the most common symptom and can persist for several months,’ the doctor warned.
The doctor said fatigue, nasal congestion and a dry cough were all very common
‘Unfortunately there is no quick fix for this, my best tip is to listen to your body and rest when tired, avoid strenuous exercise in the recovery period, limit alcohol in the weeks after and drink lots of fluids,’ she said.
Gastrointestinal symptoms including loss of taste, nausea and diarrhoea
Dr Deb recommends people suffering through these symptoms avoid high FODMAP foods like wheat, garlic, onion and fruit.
She also recommends eating smaller amounts more often and including a good B5 supplement in your diet.
‘The altered taste may persist for several months but generally resolves with time,’ she said.
‘I recommend using an inhaled over the counter steroid spray, saline flushes and antihistamines,’ she said.
She said people should try not to exert themselves too much following a Covid infection
Dry and irritated skin particularly around the nose and mouth
This is the inevitable outcome of nose blowing and mask wearing, she explained.
The doctor, who also owns prescription skincare company, The Secret, says some TLC should do the trick.
‘Some stress repair combined with a silk mask does wonders for this. Couple with our new recovery mask for added hydration,’ she added.
Memory and brain functioning
What are the most common post-Covid symptoms?
1 – Fatigue
2 – Dry cough
3 – Insomnia
4 – Gastrointestinal complaints like nausea, diarrhoea and loss of smell and taste
5 – Memory and brain function – commonly known as ‘brain fog’
6 – Dry, irritated skin
7 – Nasal congestion
‘A few of my patients have had prolonged altered memory and trouble concentrating,’ she said.
‘This should be investigated with blood tests and usually resolves over time. There is definitely evidence that COVID can cause altered or reduced brain function in the unvaccinated who have had severe disease, however this is not the case for healthy, vaccinated patients.’
Covid infections can seriously upset your circadian rhythm. Many patients have found this disruption to the sleep wake cycle persists for some weeks after infection.
I recommend sleep hygiene, melatonin every night for a month and gentle regular exercise in the mornings. Also avoid day sleeps, these make things worse.
Good sleep hygiene means having both a bedroom environment and daily routines that promote consistent, uninterrupted sleep according to the Sleep Foundation.
‘Keeping a stable sleep schedule, making your bedroom comfortable and free of disruptions, following a relaxing pre-bed routine, and building healthy habits during the day can all contribute to ideal sleep hygiene,’ it said.