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Special Wellness Rx Report: Long COVID
Long COVID, or the continuation or development of new symptoms 3 months after the initial SARS-CoV-2 infection, is a major concern for many patients and providers. It is estimated that 15-20% of individuals with a COVID-19 infection will develop Long COVID, which is characterized by a wide range of symptoms and severity. The exact cause of Long COVID is unknown, but it is believed to involve the presence of persistent inflammation, possibly induced by the actual persistent presence of COVID-19 virus in the body despite testing negative for the disease. Age between 50-59, female gender, obesity, having underlying conditions such as COPD or diabetes, and >2 symptoms one month after the initial infection all increased the risk of having symptoms 1-year post-infection. Although there is no single treatment or cure for Long COVID, Paxlovid, an anti-viral medication authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients, has been shown to reduce the incidence of Long COVID by 25% when given to COVID-positive patients who qualified for antiviral treatment.
WELLNESS RX SPECIAL REPORT: HOME HEALTH CARE
The concept of home health care has its roots in 1883 America, where nurses would care for the sick and poor in their homes. Today, over 15,000 companies in the United States provide home care services to 15 million patients (70% of whom are over age 65), resulting in a $58 billion revenue industry.
WELLNESS RX SPECIAL REPORT: HOPE FOR OBESITY
Obesity is a prevalent issue in the United States, with approximately one third of the population classified as obese, defined as having a body weight that is 30% or more above their ideal weight. While poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress-related overeating contribute to obesity in many individuals, some individuals may struggle to lose weight despite engaging in healthy behaviors due to genetic factors. These individuals, who may be suffering from a chronic disease, often also develop diabetes and incur higher healthcare costs.
At Wellness Rx, consultations are at the top of the list of our patient care priorities. Not everyone needs to speak with our pharmacy team, but personalized consultations are the strength and foundation of how patient centric pharmacies, apothecaries and drug stores help their clients to fully understand what their doctors have prescribed for them.
Wellness Rx Report: Healthcare Today
What is happening to our Healthcare System in America these days? In seven modules, Ed Ullmann examines the history of our healthcare delivery service, where it is today and offers ideas and strategies for tomorrow.
ECZEMA of the Lower Leg
In May of 2021 a male 70 year old patient experienced a breakout of a raised red rash throughout the lower left leg and toe area. Patient also observed itching, significant ankle swelling and an oozing of liquid from several of the rash areas above the ankle area.