Mild inflammation linked to long COVID symptoms in women

Credit: Unsplash+.

New research has found that women who had mild inflammation during acute Covid-19 are more likely to suffer from Long Covid symptoms, particularly muscle ache, low mood, and anxiety.

This study, conducted by the University of York, Hull York Medical School, and the Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, provides vital insights into the persistent effects of Covid-19.

Inflammatory Biomarkers and Long Covid

The research team analyzed the health data of 144 Covid-19 survivors, focusing on lingering symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness, and sleep disturbances three months post-recovery.

They discovered that women with elevated biomarkers indicating inflammation during their Covid-19 infection were more prone to Long Covid symptoms.

Long Covid has been a puzzling aspect of the pandemic, with patients experiencing ongoing symptoms long after the initial infection.

This study highlights a potential link between inflammation and long-term Covid-19 effects, particularly in women. It aligns with other research showing that inflammation is connected to various mental health conditions.

Professor Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis emphasized the need for large-scale studies focusing on gender-specific aspects of inflammation in Long Covid.

Understanding these nuances could lead to more effective treatments and support for those suffering from Long Covid.

Long Covid as a Mixed Condition

Dominic Sykes, a co-author of the study, pointed out that Long Covid could be a mixed condition involving both physical and mental health symptoms.

The role of serum biomarkers in predicting long-term health outcomes post-Covid-19 infection is a key area for future research.

This study lays the groundwork for further investigations into Long Covid. Mike Crooks, a professor in respiratory medicine, believes that understanding the role of biomarkers in the acute phase of Covid-19 is crucial.

This knowledge could predict outcomes and inform evidence-based practices in managing Long Covid.

If you care about COVID, please read studies about new evidence on rare blood clots after COVID-19 vaccination, and how diets could help manage post-COVID syndrome.

For more information about health, please see recent studies about COVID infection and vaccination linked to heart disease, and results showing extracts from two wild plants can inhibit the COVID-19 virus.

The research findings can be found in Immunity Inflammation and Disease.

Copyright © 2023 Knowridge Science Report. All rights reserved.