Coronavirus survivors in new distress! When the rate of coronavirus cases is spiking in India every day, new symptoms of the deadly disease Mucormycosis better known as Black Fungus is already knocking at the door. It is being reported that the Black Fungus is affecting Covid-19 survivors from Delhi, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. Although it has triggered panic amongst people, it does not affect everyone.
What is Black Fungus?
Rare Fungal infection caused due to killer fungus known as Mucor. Mucormycosis or Black Fungus is a serious infection and condition which exists in the environment and is mostly found in wet surfaces. People who come in contact with fungal spores in the environment are getting affected by Mucormycosis. It shows in form of black molds on the body.
The fungus which is causing the disease is now being linked to the airborne Covid-19 infection. The Black Fungus came into light during the first wave of the pandemic and at that time it was known as Zygomycosis. The deadly infection is found in some Covid-19 patients who have diabetes and prolonged intensive ICU care so far.
The fungal spores are commonly entering through inhalation affecting the sins and lungs. It has also been observed that the fungus can penetrate through open cuts or wounds and affects the skin.
The things to be aware of for Black Fungus.
The Fungus is generally affecting the Covid-19 patients having other comorbidities like diabetes, cancer, kidney or heart failure, and patients on steroids having a transplant as well. According to the CDC of the United States, it is most common in diabetic patients. Thus, the fungus doesn’t affect everyone.
Prior to Covid-19 the Black fungus still existed and affected people with a lower amount of immunity. As coronavirus has lately become the main reason behind decreasing immunity it largely affecting people with diabetes. As a result of this, the Covid survivors are vulnerable to the infection, especially in the second wave.
Early detection of the disease will aid the patients’ medication for the fungal infection and clinical treatment. If the disease is left untreated or undiagnosed then it might lead to blindness, removal of the nose, or even death.
- Nasal or sinus congestion
- One-sided face swelling
- Black lesions on nasal bridge or upper inside of the mouth
- Pain under eye
- Partial loss of eyesight
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