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New health problems have emerged especially after COVID-19, such as mucormycosis. Here’s what you need to watch out for.
Formerly known as zygomycosis, mucormycosis or black fungus is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States, it affects people who have health problems or who take drugs that reduce the body’s ability to fight germs and disease. âKnow that you are susceptible to mucormycosis if you have been hospitalized, treated with steroids, or if you have diabetes,â says Dr. Athavale. She mentions that COVID patients isolated at home and being treated without steroids are unlikely to get it. You should still watch for symptoms. “Post-COVID, if you have tooth problems such as bleeding gums, mobility of teeth, redness of the eyes or runny nose, don’t ignore them because cases of mucormycosis are on the increase,” says Dr. Sathe. Dr Athavale adds: âIf you have nasal congestion, a dull ache in the face or eyes, mouth ulcers or swelling of the eyes, see an ENT surgeon, ophthalmologist or multi-specialty hospital right away.
Candidiasis, or white fungus, is a serious fungal infection caused by the yeast candida. While candida can live inside our bodies in places such as the mouth, intestine, and vagina without causing problems, in people with low immunity, this fungus can cause infection by entering the circulation. blood or internal organs. What makes the white fungus deadly (compared to the black fungus) is the way the infection spreads and damages vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain, and affects the digestive tract, fingernails, and parts intimate. Although white fungus infection is not contagious, some species of candida can cause a skin infection, which can be passed to people at risk of developing the disease. The symptoms are similar to those of the black fungus; respiratory symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19.
Like most fungal infections, yellow fungal infection is also caused by unsanitary conditions, poor hygiene, improper use of oxygen, and contaminated resources. Risk factors increase with co-morbidities in patients, steroid use, etc. Yellow fungal infection is deadlier than black and white, as it starts inside, causing pus to leak, slowing wound healing, and in severe cases, causing organ failure and necrosis. Symptoms are loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, sunken eyes, pus oozing from wounds, slow healing of wounds and organ failure.
“These are aggressive diseases requiring doctors of different specialties, so it is best to go directly to a multidisciplinary institute,” advises Dr Athavale. However, if you or a loved one has any of these symptoms, avoid panicking or treating yourself; contact your doctor immediately. Remember to stay calm and stay safe!
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– With contributions from Kalwyna Rathod