Stating that the neurological findings accompanying Kovid-19 are quite common, Medicana Avcılar Hospital Neurology Specialist Specialist. Dr. Nejla Çabuk said, “Headache, dizziness, confusion, cognitive disorders, insomnia, imbalance, loss of taste and smell, muscle pain and weakness are the main neurological findings encountered in Kovid-19 infection.
The neurological findings of Kovid-19 show that the virus affects both the central and peripheral nervous system. In addition to these findings, neurological diseases such as brain dysfunction, brain infections and stroke are among the symptoms seen.
Among the neurological symptoms, the most common disorder is headache. In a European-based study, it was observed that headache accounts for about 70 percent of disease symptoms in patients who have had Covid-19. Therefore, it is thought that severe headaches that were not apparent before and experienced for the first time could be a marker of Kovid-19 without other common symptoms. ”
Stating that cognitive impairment is common in severe cases, Dr. Nejla Çabuk used the following statements:
” This effect is not related to the age of the patient or the condition before the illness. In addition, in patients with high risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic lung disease or obesity, the rate of stroke during Covid-19 is higher than those who do not have these risk factors. Kovid-19 can also occur with neurological symptoms without respiratory system symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, and cough.
In people who did not show any neurological symptoms before the disease, the neurological findings that occur after the infection may continue to be seen long after the disease has passed. Approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of patients with Kovid-19 have an Elongated Covid (Long Covid). In patients who show prolonged Kovid findings, it is seen that the sense of smell continues even a few months after infection. “
Stating that there are treatments to reduce the symptoms caused by neurological diseases, Dr. Çabuk said, “Controlled pain relief treatment is applied by the physician for headache, which is the most common neurological findings associated with Kovid-19. Treatments associated with Kovid-19, such as stroke and Guillain-Barré syndrome, are also applied by specialist neurologists in the hospital.
Although a treatment for loss of taste and smell is not applied, the sense of smell can be trained with pungent odors, especially in people with a history of ‘Prolonged Covid’. For this, scents such as lemon and clove are recommended. Kovid-19 can occur only with neurological findings, without any respiratory tract infection effect. In this case, it is important to be diagnosed in order to treat, control and prevent transmission.
If you have a severe headache that you have not experienced before, without respiratory illness, you may be infected with Covid-19. If you think that you are starting to show symptoms such as fatigue, confusion, loss of taste and tissue other than headaches, you should apply to the health institution immediately. ”