COVID 19 – Long Hauler’s: Strategies for Support

Dr Amy Davis

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

COVID 19 and the problems that have arisen in the aftermath of even mild cases are confounding doctors across the country. Symptoms commonly include, fatigue, brain fog, shortness of breath and poor endurance. Many other issues are being seen including joint and muscle pain, recurrent shingles, reactivation of mono, strokes, myocarditis, heart failure and more. In my entire career as an Internist, I have not seen issues like this in the aftermath of any other viral illness. The immune system seems to be severely stressed or depleted in a way that makes some individuals more prone to experiencing long term complications. 

When the immune system is weak reactivation of old viral infections previously controlled by the immune system may resurface and become symptomatic again. Shingles is a prime example of a virus that is “dormant” until the immune system is stressed in some manner and varicella zoster, commonly known as chicken pox, emerges on the surface of the skin. Weeks to months following COVID infections a variety of viruses appear to be surfacing and creating significant symptoms for individuals. Mononucleosis and Hand Food and Mouth Disease are other examples of common viruses that are reactivating. 

Today it is more important than ever to have a healthy immune system. The good news is that there are effective natural options to enhance your immune system. 

What can you do? 

  • Vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, D, B-vitamins, and Zinc are well known to support the immune system. 
  • Herbs like Olive Leaf, Myrrh, Cat’s Claw, Elderberry
  • Probiotics – A healthy immune system begins with a healthy gut
  • Medicinal mushrooms like astragalus, reishi, cordyceps and maitake 
  • Phytonutrient and antioxidants boost the immune system. Eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies daily. 
  • Get plenty of Sleep  
  • Reduce Stress: Find time to breath, stretch, meditate, and laugh! 
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables which are rich in vitamins, phytonutrients and fiber that support the immune system. 
  • Exercise regularly.  
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. 
  • Take steps to reduce your exposure to infectious agents. Wash your hands frequently and keep your hands away from your face. Wear a mask when public places inside. 

If you are experiencing COVID Long Hauler’s symptoms it is important to seek help. We are accepting new patients. 

Dr. Amy Davis M.D. 
Crossing Back to Health
485 Wildwood Parkway Suite 2
Ballwin, MO 63011 
Phone: 636 778-9158

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