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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: 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.
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.
Wellness Rx's Three-Month Plan for Nerve Pain: Post Herpetic Neuralgia (Shingles Pain)
Nerve pain can result from many sources and is one of the more difficult types of pain to treat. The searing, burning, electric shock kind of pain leaves patients in constant discomfort. Depression and anger can quickly set-in leaving the patient feeling lonely and helpless.
WELLNESS Rx SPECIAL REPORT: High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
High Blood Pressure (HBP) is the result of the strong pressure of blood flowing through the arteries which are too narrow, creating pressure against the artery walls. Overtime, this constant pressure causes damage to the arteries and may lead to serious health conditions such as heart disease. Ensuring the efficient flow of blood through the arteries is the key to managing blood pressure.
WELLNESS RX SPECIAL REPORT: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has become one of the most common and troublesome conditions for which patients seek medical attention primarily for symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas and abdominal pain. By far, it is the number one disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) system.