As black fungus or mucormycosis has been reported in some COVID-19 patients during or even after recovery, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan shared useful tips. He answered all FAQs including how to detect and prevent the spread of fungal infection.
What is Black Fungus?
Dr Harsh Vardhan shared a post on Twitter, saying mucormycosis is “a fungal infection mainly affecting people with medical health problems that reduces their ability to fight environmental pathogens.”
“#Mucormycosis, commonly known as ‘#BlackFungus’ has been observed in a number of #COVID19 patients recently. Awareness & early diagnosis can help curb the spread of the fungal infection. Here’s how to detect & manage it #IndiaFightsCorona @MoHFW_INDIA,” he tweeted as he shared his advice.
How does a patient get predisposed to mucormycosis?
-Co-morbidities – post transplant/malignancy
-Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
-Immunosupression by steroids
-Prolonged ICU stay
-Pain/redness around the eyes/nose
-Shortness of breath
-Altered mental state
-Monitor blood glucose level post Covid-19 discharge and in diabetics