If you have an underlying lung condition or other chronic illness, you may be at increased risk for complications from the COVID-19 virus. At LungDocs, Rajesh Shetty, MD, offers onsite COVID-19 testing to confirm an infection. The providers also customize treatment strategies to address lung-related complications of COVID-19, including shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest pain. Call the Kyle or New Braunfels, Texas, office to schedule COVID-19 testing or book an appointment online today.
COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a contagious disease that develops from an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The virus spreads from person to person through small droplets that form when an infected person sneezes, coughs, speaks, or sings.
Many infected with COVID-19 develop mild to moderate respiratory symptoms that resolve within a few weeks. However, immunocompromised people and the elderly may be at increased risk for more serious respiratory problems that can lead to life-threatening complications.
Symptoms of COVID-19 develop 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and can include:
COVID-19 can also cause more serious symptoms, including wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
LungDocs provides onsite testing for COVID-19 to confirm a diagnosis. The providers also offer personalized treatment plans for those who develop severe respiratory symptoms or lung damage.
Many people with COVID-19 recover well on their own with plenty of rest and home care. If you struggle to breathe or have pale or bluish skin, call 911, or visit the nearest emergency room for immediate medical attention.
If you have a persistent cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest pain, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at LungDocs. The providers use onsite technologies to assess your lung health and determine what treatments you need to improve your breathing.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk for complications because of an existing lung disorder or a chronic disease, you may be a candidate for treatment with antiviral medications or monoclonal antibodies. Monoclonal antibodies are proteins that boost your immune system, so it can fight the virus more efficiently.
The LungDocs providers may also recommend oxygen therapy to improve your breathing and protect your lung function.
It’s also important that you isolate yourself away from others, don’t share personal items, and wear a face mask for at least five days to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
To prevent more serious health complications from reinfection with the coronavirus, you should get a COVID-19 vaccine and stay updated with boosters.
Call the LungDocs office near you to schedule testing for COVID-19 symptoms, or book an appointment online today.