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Covid Specialist

Faiza Tahir, MD -  - Infectious Disease Physician

Faiza Tahir, MD

Infectious Disease Physician located in Baytown, TX

You're not alone if you're confused by the constant barrage of new information and ever-changing guidance about COVID. It's such a new disease that scientists are still on a learning curve, but any time you have questions or need help, you can turn to infectious disease expert Faiza Tahir, MD PA, in Baytown, Texas. Dr. Tahir stays up-to-date with every new scientific advance in COVID and offers down-to-earth advice along with today’s best COVID treatments for your unique health care needs. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Covid Q&A

What is COVID?

COVID, or more specifically, COVID-19, is a disease caused by a specific type of coronavirus called the SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that primarily spread through tiny droplets of saliva that go airborne when you talk, cough, sneeze, or blow your nose.

COVID causes several challenges that make it highly contagious, as well as a serious and potentially deadly disease:

Spreads without symptoms

Some people with COVID don't have symptoms, yet they can still spread the virus.

Affects your heart and body

Most coronaviruses cause an upper respiratory tract infection. COVID affects your lungs but can also get into your heart, cause blood clots, cause widespread inflammation, and affect many organs.

Causes long-lasting symptoms

Nearly one-third of all people who get COVID still have symptoms for months after they no longer have the virus. These long-haul symptoms affect people who were not sick enough to go to the emergency room or hospital while they had COVID.

What symptoms does COVID cause?

If you develop COVID symptoms, they appear 2-14 days after you're exposed to the virus. You may experience any of the following:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Dry cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of smell
  • Loss of taste
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Congested nose
  • Dizziness
  • Skin rash
  • Discoloration of fingers and toes
  • Changes in vision
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

Any time you have trouble breathing, become confused, develop chest pain, or your lips or face look blue, you should seek emergency medical attention.

How can I prevent COVID?

You can significantly lower your risk of developing COVID from any of its variants by getting fully vaccinated and boosted, wearing a mask (a well-fitting 3-4 layer surgical mask or N95 mask), and social distancing to limit your exposure to the virus.

Though you may still get a breakthrough case of COVID even if you’re vaccinated, the shots protect you from developing a severe illness.

How is COVID treated?

Several medications are available for people who have mild to moderate COVID symptoms and who have a high risk of developing serious disease that may require hospitalization. Some medications slow down the disease, while others target symptoms like inflammation.

The newest COVID medicines, called monoclonal antibodies, bind to the virus, preventing it from invading cells inside your lungs, heart, and other parts of your body. When the virus can't get inside cells, it doesn't make you sick.

If you need help for COVID or have any questions, call Faiza Tahir, MD PA, or book an appointment online today.