What is heartburn?
Is Heartburn a Symptom of COVID-19?
Presence of a type of gastrointestinal problems in covid 19 seen in infected patients when symptoms are present.
The overall mortality in people with gastrointestinal symptoms seems similar to overall mortality in covid 19 infected patients.
Centers for Disease Control gives a list of symptoms associated with covid 19 and includes the following:
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- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
These are the symptoms if you need medical treatment
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face\
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
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How to tell if it’s heartburn from COVID-19?
Heartburn is nevertheless a common symptom reported in a large proportion of the general adult US population.
So here’s a way to differentiate heartburn from chest pressure.
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Do heartburn medicines increase risk of getting COVID 19?
The American research of Gastroenterology surveyed patients and found that patients using PPIs twice daily had higher odds of testing positive for covid 19 than those using PPIs daily.
It showed data, and we can’t assume that PPIs automatically cause covid 19.
Do heartburn medications help treat COVID-19?
Although studies show that heartburn medications, such as proton pump inhibitors, may increase the chances of getting COVID-19, different studies have found that taking heartburn medications may have benefits when treating coronavirus.
Retrospective research done from The Gastroenterology Journal found that the use of famotidine was associated with a decreased risk of patients being intubated or dying from covid 19 compared to those who did not receive famotidine.
However, although this study showed promising data, randomized clinical trials can determine if famotidine is effective against COVID-19. Hence, it is not advised to take famotidine for the prevention of Covid-19.
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