Although it feels like COVID has been around forever, the pandemic officially began in March of 2020 and there’s still many unknown things about the virus. But one thing is for sure–it affects everyone differently and many continue to have lingering symptoms for quite some time. In addition, there’s unexpected side effects that medical experts reveal can happen. Eat This, Not That! Health not only talked with experts, but a COVID survivor who shares surprising side effects of COVID to be aware of. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Dr. Sunjya Schweig, MD and Founder at California Center for Functional Medicine says, “Because COVID is a viral infection, it has been found to affect cells in the inner ear. The virus enters the nose and can go through the Eustachian tube, connecting the nose to the middle ear. Once there, it can actively infect the cochlear section of the ear, affecting hearing. This has been seen in other viral infections as well, such as with the flu. Additionally, because COVID can affect almost every major organ system of the body, it can also affect the vascular system. If the blood vessels that supply blood to the ear are damaged or blocked due to COVID, it can additionally affect the cochlea organ. Because of this location, hearing loss or tinnitus – a ringing sensation in the ear – can follow acute Covid infection. While this often clears up after acute infection, there have been reports of lingering hearing loss or tinnitus in people dealing with long Covid.”
According to Dr. Schweig, “Studies have found that both men and women report sexual and reproductive system issues after getting infected with COVID. Because COVID can affect every body system, this includes the endocrine system that rules our hormone management. Many people state they have been experiencing irregular periods, unusual clotting in their period blood, and worsening PMS. Long COVID can impact the male reproductive system as the testes are one of the highest sites of ACE2 expression – the ACE2 enzyme being the main way that SARS-CoV-2 can enter cells. Additionally, the virus can damage cells that are on the surface of blood vessels, which is often present in erectile dysfunction and low testosterone levels.”
Gita Castallian, MPH Director of Programs at Functional Medicine Research and Technology Center explains, “Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a component of long Covid. The most common …….