COVID-19: Herpes, Joint Pain Are On Rise In Patients Post-Recovery

There is about a 4 to 5 per cent increase in arthritis cases post Covid-19 infection

The complications are arising because of low immunity in people.
The complications are arising because of low immunity in people.

COVID-19 is causing several complications in patients post-recovery. From heart problems to blood clotting to respiratory issues, there are various complications that patients are facing ever after fully recovering from Covid. Apart from this, many people are suffering from arthralgia (joint pain) and herpes.

According to Dr Narendra Vaidya – Joint Replacement Surgeon & Managing Director, Lokmanya Hospital Pune – Covid patients are struggling with joint pain post-recovery.

“During coronavirus infection, inflammatory molecules break muscle protein and decrease protein synthesis causing muscle fatigue and it also damages cartilage causing arthritis. Arthritis problems can arise as a sequel of steroid and antiviral drugs used to treat Covid-19. There is about a 4 to 5 per cent increase in arthritis cases post Covid-19 infection,’ Dr Narendra Vaidya said.

“Musculoskeletal symptoms like the stiffness of joints, muscle pain are commonly seen in post-Covid patients along with decreased muscle strength causing weaker bones. Even arthritis is triggered in the ones who have a previous history of it. Many people complained of joint and muscle pain, and have also come with new onset of autoimmune arthritis. Patients complain of joint pain or arthralgia, muscle pain or myalgia, extreme fatigue, reactive arthritis, and vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels). One’s joint pain can be temporary or even seen for months. People should seek good rehabilitative care, exercise every day, maintain good posture, and follow a healthy diet to manage joint and muscle pain.”

The complications are arising because of low immunity in people. Also, some treatments are resulting in such problems.

“Treatment with monoclonal anti–TNF alpha antibodies can cause herpes. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many people reported herpes, joint pain, and even warts. These problems are commonly seen in females when compared to males. People come with complaints like skin rash, redness, shingles around the eyes nose, lips. These infections are common among senior citizens, pregnant women. Herpes and other skin complications are getting triggered in patients who have a previous history of it. Do not ignore any signs like rashes, redness of the skin, and patches, seek immediate medical attention,” said Dr Vishwajeet Chavan, Orthopedic Surgeon, Apollo Spectra Pune.

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