Shortness of breath may be a symptom of COVID-19, but on its own it is unlikely to be a sign of infection. Learn about other causes of shortness of breath. Read more: Can COVID-19 Only Be Shortness of Breath? Article
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Coronavirus: How COVID-19 Affects Your Body
By now, everyone knows about COVID-19. But do you know how it can affect your body?
Lung and Respiratory: Signs That You May Have Had COVID-19
Could you have already had COVID-19 and not know it? Learn some signs that might indicate just that.
Lung and Respiratory Health: Reasons You're Short of Breath
Have you ever found yourself gasping for air after just a short flight of stairs? You may just need to do a bit more exercise, or...
Asthma: Asthma and the Weather
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Dehydration in Adults & Children
Dehydration is the excessive loss of body water. There are a number of causes of dehydration including heat exposure, prolonged vigorous exercise, and some diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of dehydration include headache, lightheadedness, constipation, and bad breath. Treatment for dehydration is to replace lost fluids and electrolytes.
What Is Considered to Be Fever for COVID-19?
A body temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher is generally seen in people with COVID-19, although not everyone who is infected with the virus will develop a fever. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to infection. Other COVID-19 symptoms may include cough, runny nose, body aches, headache, sore throat, difficulty breathing, nausea with or without vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste, loss of smell, and abdominal pain.
How Does Dyspnea Affect the Body?
Patients with dyspnea often describe tightness of the chest and a smothering sensation. These feelings can cause anxiety and psychological distress that makes symptoms worse, creating a vicious cycle. If you notice labored breathing in your child, you're right to be worried. Learn the signs to look for in your child’s breathing and when to call a doctor.
What SpO2 Oxygen Level Is Normal for COVID-19 Patients?
In a patient with COVID-19, SpO2 levels should stay between 92%-96%. Low oxygen levels that drop below this threshold require medical attention.
How Long Does Headache Last With COVID-19?
Headache is a potential symptom of COVID-19 and can also occur after getting vaccinated. COVID-19 headaches typically last for a few days, although the duration depends on your age, immune system, and overall health condition. In mild cases of COVID-19, headaches will usually resolve within a few days. However, in more severe cases, mild or moderate headaches may come and go for up to 90 days.
What Tests Should Be Done for Shortness of Breath?
Tests that may be done for shortness of breath include a chest X-ray, blood oxygen level test, electrocardiography, lung function test, and blood tests.
What Causes Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea?
Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (PND) is most commonly associated with heart disease; however, it may also result from respiratory diseases as well.
What Are the Most Common Long-Term Effects of COVID-19?
Most people recover from COVID-19 in two weeks. The most common long-term effects of COVID-19 infection are mood problems, neurological issues, heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, and heart disease.
How Can I Stop Breathing Problems?
Certain practices, such as modifying your breathing habits and performing breathing exercises, can help you relieve your breathing problems.
What Are Some of the Common Symptoms of COVID-19 and Flu?
Flu and COVID-19 share common symptoms because they are both respiratory tract infections. Learn the 12 common symptoms below.
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