Black Fungus: Symptoms, Causes, and Prevention

Introduction – Black Fungus is also known as mucormycosis and is a rare kind of fungal infection that affects 1 in 10,00,000 people. It is a fungal infection that is caused by fungi and is often characterized by hyphae growing in and around blood vessels. This infection can be potentially life-threatening in severely immunocompromised or diabetic individuals.

Black Fungus and Covid 19 – Nowadays several patients reporting this disease in the hospital is higher than those who are suffered from coronavirus for about 10 to 15 days. This type of infection attacks the nose, throat, and ears. In several cases, some patients are dead because most of the people are suffering from diabetes. There are about 14 days since these patients emerged from the corona and they have been caught by black fungus. The cases of this infection are rapidly increasing all over India. Black fungus infection affecting the coronavirus patients and also those people who have recovered from Covid-19.

As per ICMR, the patients who are suffering from Covid-19 are at a higher risk of black fungus infections. Black fungus infection is mainly seen in those patients who were taking steroids during treatment.

Symptoms of black fungus – There are some of the symptoms of black fungus are as given below –

  • Swelling and pain in the eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of vision
  • Pain in eyes
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Blurred vision
  • Nasal congestion
  • Problem in breathing
  • Dark spots on nose
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Swelling in eyes and cheeks

As per some doctors, the eyes of some patients are removed by surgery that is suffering from black fungus infection due to the infection could spread to the brain via the eye. There are some of the cases where both eyes of the patients are removed to save live. Most of the cases are seen in those people who are suffering from black fungus infection post covid.

Causes of black fungus infection – This type of infection is caused by a group of molds known as mucormycetes and these molds live throughout the environment in air, soil, or food.  They enter the body via mouth, eyes, or nose and also affect the brain in this type of infection.

According to health experts, they claimed that misuse of steroids during Covid-19 treatment is the main cause of mucormycosis or black fungus infection. Diabetic people are more prone to this type of infection. The black fungus affects those people who take medicines that reduce the ability of the body to fight sickness and germs or have any health problems. The immunity of an individual is low and become more prone to this infection after the covid treatment. This infection is mainly seen in those people who are suffering from Covid-19 with diabetes.

How to prevent this infection – If you have several symptoms such as blurred vision, pain in the eyes, head, or teeth so there are some chances that you are suffering from a black fungus infection. Thus, you should consult with your doctor immediately. You can maintain good sanitation that helps in protection from black fungus infection.

This diabetes people are more prone to getting infected from black fungus infection. Thus, diabetic people should maintain the sugar levels in the blood and also cleanliness around them. If you are recovered from Covid-19 then should wear a mask thus, the infection does not enter your body.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. KK says:

    A very useful and timely article!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Frighting but informative and important to know these symptoms now. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. daneelyunus says:

      Most welcome, thanks for reading my post

      Liked by 1 person

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