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Are There Treatments For Long COVID That Affects Breathing?

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I have long COVID and it affects my breathing. Are there any treatments avilable to help?

There are different treatments that can improve breathing in patients who develop long COVID. This includes:

  • Specific breathing exercises. This includes deep focused breathing on a regular basis. It can be helpful.
  • Relaxation techniques. This can be beneficial to the lungs, along with appropriate exercise.
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation. Some individuals with lungs damaged by long COVID can benefit from this. It promotes overall lung health and recovery of an illness like COVID.

If the lung symptoms due to long COVID persist and/or worsen, speak with a pulmonary or asthma specialist. An evaluation would be very helpful to look at your lung function (e.g., pulmonary function testing). A specialist would provide recommendations for treatments to help with symptoms and recovery.

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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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