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Urology and COVID-19: What You Should Know

COVID-19 is a form of coronavirus that presents with symptoms similar to colds and the flu. This usually indicates problems in the upper respiratory area, and mild cases of COVID-19 will often last about as long as a cold or flu. This newest form of coronavirus is much more dangerous than both, and presents a number of problems for many different people. This includes people with various urological conditions.

Respected urologist Dr. Mark Kelly has decades of experience with treatments helping people manage with a number of different urological conditions.

One of the groups of people most affected by viruses like COVID-19 are people with underlying conditions. This means people dealing with things like lung disease, kidney disease, asthma, and diabetes and people with compromised immune systems. This means some urological conditions can be directly affected if someone dealing with the following conditions comes down with COVID-19:

COVID-19 and prostate cancer

Men dealing with prostate cancer are at risk of getting COVID-19 in a few ways. Chemotherapy treatments, for example, weaken the immune system making their bodies easier to infect. Prostate surgery patients and people dealing with advanced prostate cancer are also at greater risk, and since many dealing with these complications are older, that increases the chances. 

COVID-19 and kidney disease

Kidney disease is another condition that is complicated by a weakened immune system. This happens either through dialysis or the body responding to the anti-rejection medication given to kidney transplant recipients. Dealing with either situation can make it harder to fight infections, and if a person ends up with a severe care of COVID-19 as a result, the consequence could be fatal.

COVID-19 and bladder cancer

Similar to the complications of prostate (and most) cancers, COVID-19 can affect people with bladder cancer through many of the treatments used.  Chemotherapy and surgeries can weaken the immune system, making it more difficult to fight infections. Additionally, patients with cancer are at a higher risk for requiring ventilatory support from COVID-19, since severe cases of this coronavirus can cause difficulty breathing.

Extra precautions should be taken if patients are at higher risk of COVID-19 from any of these urological conditions. Keeping a safe distance, avoiding crowds, frequently washing your hands, avoiding other people who are sick and staying home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out are all important steps to take to lessen the chances of being infected.

Patients dealing with any of these conditions should be aware of the increased risk and consult their urologist. Make an appointment with Dr. Kelly to get help understanding the risks and how to manage them.

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