BLACK FUNGUS

the black fungal infection has also intrigued people. Also known as ‘black fungus’ or ‘mucormycosis’, it is a rare kind of fungal infection affecting 1 in 10,00,000 people, but with an overall mortality rate of 50 per cent. The disease is often characterised by hyphae growing in and around blood vessels and can be potentially life-threatening in diabetic or severely immunocompromised individuals.mucormycosis frequently infects the sinuses, brain, or lungs. “While infection of the oral cavity or brain are the most common forms of mucormycosis, the fungus can also infect other areas of the body such as the gastrointestinal tract, skin, and other organ systems,” SUSPECTED :infection with mucormycosis should be suspected when there is: * Sinusitis — nasal blockage or congestion, nasal discharge (blackish/bloody) * Local pain on the cheekbone, one-sided facial pain, numbness or swelling * Blackish discolouration over the bridge of nose/palate * Loosening of teeth, jaw involvement * Blurred or double vision with pain * Thrombosis, necrotic skin lesion * Chest pain, pleural effusion, worsening of respiratory symptoms “People in an extreme immune-compromised state are likely to contract this infection. Diabetologists across the country raise caution against the increased prevalence of mucormycosis during COVID-19, urging people to keep their sugar levels under check to reduce the risk.“What is more worrying is that the use of steroids for treating certain cases of COVID-19 would shoot up sugar levels; this coupled with lack of physical activity puts diabetic people at a higher risk of catching the black fungal infection,” the doctor warns.steroids reduce inflammation in the lungs due to COVID-19 and appear to help curb some of the damage that can happen when the body’s immune system fights against the virus. But, they also reduce immunity and push up blood sugar levels in both diabetics and non-diabetic COVID-19 patients. “For diabetes patients, this is life-threatening. A person affected with mucormycosis may need early detection and powerful diagnosis for treatment, which may, in turn, affect other organs such as the kidneys. Prevention is extremely crucial,”

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