What is Black Fungus Disease?

Black fungus is spreading concern in India after covid. Black fungus has been confirmed in 16 states of the country including Kerala so far. AIIMS director Randeep Guleria said black fungus was on the rise after covid.

What is Black Fungus Disease?

Mucormycosis or black fungus is a fungal infection that mainly affects people with health problems. As the disease progresses, the ability to fight off the germs that cause the disease diminishes.

Who can get the disease?

The disease can affect people with multiple diseases, those undergoing organ transplant surgery, and those with malignancy (abnormal cell division).

It also affects people undergoing voriconazole therapy, diabetes mellitus patients (insulin insufficiency), steroid users, and those who have been in the ICU for a long time.

Symptoms?

Pain and redness around the eyes and nose

Fever

Headache

Cough

Shortness of breath

Blood fraction in vomit

Mental problems

Things to look out for

-Control hyperglycemia (high diabetes)

-Please note the use of steroids

-Use only clean and sterile water for oxygen therapy

-Use antibiotics and antifungals wisely

-Do not count the symptoms

-Don’t mistake all nasal congestion for bacterial sinusitis.
Especially in patients with immunomodulators and immunosuppressants.

Contact your healthcare professional immediately if you notice any symptoms

The disease affects the face, nose, eyes, and brain. The AIIMS director said the black fungus infection could even cause vision loss and that black fungus could spread to the lungs. Experts from the covid mission warned that hyperglycemia should be controlled and blood glucose levels should be controlled in patients with covid-free diabetes.

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