SOS: COVID + skin welts, thrush, strep throat and more
Hi everyone, I am hoping that someone can give me some guidance or advice on all of the wild issues I’ve been having since June. I would love to make an appointment but I am not in a state local to a Mayo Clinic and unfortunately I have yet to meet a doctor or specialist in PA who has any idea how to help.
Here's what's going on: I got the J&J vaccine in April and then in June I got hit with COVID – not bad enough to be in the hospital, but it was bad. About two weeks after I started getting better, I developed a horrible rash with big red welts all over my body that lasted for 8 weeks, I started feeling hot and dizzy and sensitive to light, breathing felt weird, I started feeling weak and my depression and anxiety were definitely made worse. The rash is the only thing that actually went away so far. I then developed a white coating on my tongue and a metallic taste in my mouth and was told it was probably thrush but no oral or topical medications have been able to get rid of it, and it still has not gone away. Possibly unrelated, but shortly after this started, I strangely had a positive strep throat test but no antibiotics seemed to get rid of the strep symptoms (and I took a LOT of antibiotics). I never really went back to feeling normal. Then in September, I was exposed to COVID again and tested positive, not sure if it was from when I had it in June or a new case of COVID but all I really had was a bad headache. However, around the same time, I started getting weird urinary symptoms that no tests or doctors can explain. Tried more antibiotics for possible UTI, no improvement. THEN 11 days ago (right around Thanksgiving)I got extremely sick, lost my taste and smell, and tested positive for COVID AGAIN (my dad also tested positive so it was definitely a new infection and not a false positive) and I feel the same weird symptoms from June starting up now that I am beginning to get better from my 'active virus' symptoms. Now, I feel like I have strep again and at the risk of sounding insane, I'm wondering could COVID cause damage to throat tissue and somehow activate strep that was previously dormant? Could COVID be causing any or all of my very weird body-wide symptoms that absolutely no one has been able to help me with for months?