7. Digestive Issues
Digestive problems have been discovered to be common in people with long COVID. The symptoms may include bloating, constipation, diarrhea, acidity, acid reflux, gaseousness, and an exacerbation of IBS. This is because the coronavirus disrupts the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, along with the pancreas and liver.
According to a study of 147 patients with no pre-existing gastrointestinal conditions, 16% of them complained about digestive symptoms about 100 days after their coronavirus infection. While scientists are still investigating how long COVID affects the digestive system, it appears that the gut lining contains a large number of the receptors that the coronavirus uses to invade cells.
If you struggle with symptoms like constipation, vomiting, or diarrhea, it’s important to adjust your diet to help your body recover faster. Try to reduce processed foods, include more fruits and vegetables in your diet, and avoid taking too many over-the-counter products to treat your condition.
You may also want to read 7 Silent Signs It’s More Than a Common Cold.