What Is Mucormycosis Or Black Fungus? All Your FAQs Answered

Tips for ParentBy Onlymyhealth Editorial Team / Jun 14, 2021

Black Fungus or Mucormycosis is on rise among Covid-19 patients, but it is not an old disease. If the symptoms are recognised on time, it is easily treatable. 

A common mould which is present all around us is responsible for the infection. This mould gets inside our body through breath and attacks sinus and lungs. It also impacts eyes and brain. If your skin is cut, burnt or injured, Black Fungus can develop even on your skin.

Black Fungus is not contagious like Covid-19 and treatment according to its type is available.

Who Is At Risk Of Getting Black Fungus

People who have good immunity are at less risk of getting Black Fungus. On the other hand, people who have health problems or who are taking medication that suppresses their immunity, have diabetes or cancer that is not under control, are more at risk.

People who have been in ICU and given immunosuppressant steroids, or got organ transplant done in the recent past are also at risk.

Doctors are saying that because of steroids these infections are on rise in Covid patients because they reduce body's immunity and increases blood sugar level. 

How To Prevent From Mucormycosis

  • Don’t go to dusty places like construction sites. Cover your body parts.
  • If you have any injury, then apply anti-septic especially if your body is covered with dust and mud
  • If you have diabetes, then your must control sugar level
  • If you are using oxygen concentrator or humidifier, then you must use clean water 
  • Make sure to limit intake of antiobiotics, anti-fungal and steroids and take them only on the advice of doctors.

Symptoms

  • If you are vomiting blood or having problems keeping mental balance
  • If your nose appeared stuffed or filled with blood
  • Swelling near eyes and nose
  • Reddening of skin
  • If your eyelashes are falling
  • Blurry vision
  • Black spots around skin of your nose
  • Tooth pain or damage

If Black Fungal infection is in lungs, then there can be following symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Stiffness in chest
  • Breathing difficulty

If you are recovering from Covid, and experiencing any of the abovementioned symptoms you must contact your doctor. They may recommend you certain tests or treatment like –

  • Anti-fungal ointments to apply on eyes
  • Injections
  • Surgery
  • The treatment depends on the health of the patient and also which organ is affected. 

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