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Post COVID recovery patients are facing with a lot of complications. One among these is the Black fungal infection.
What is black fungal infection?
In medical terminology, it is called Mucormycosis. It is a rare fungal infection that can sometimes be fatal.
What causes this infection?
This infection is caused by a group of fungi called mucor moulds. It includes 27 different moulds most common being a fungus called Rhizopus
Is this a new infection like COVID?
Mucor moulds are commonly found in soil, plants, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables. It is a black and white cottony fungus that grows over decaying fruits, vegetables, bread etc.
Can anyone get this infection?
Normal healthy individuals are not usually susceptible to these fungal infections, But if their immune system (infection-fighting system) is weakened like in the following conditions, they may develop mucormycosis
Why is this infection seen after COVID recovery?
COVID infection is a condition in which a person’s immune system is largely affected. It takes 1 to 2 months for patients to come back to their original health. Particularly severely affected patients. Moreover, usage of certain therapies in COVID increases the susceptibility for this fungal infection.
Which part of the body does this fungus affect?
The fungus commonly affects
What are the symptoms of this infection?
Common symptoms of this infection are:
Is this infection deadly?
This fungal infection has a high mortality rate of 50 – 60 %. If not detected and treated early this infection can be highly fatal
Will all post-Covid patients get this infection?
Not all Covid patients will get this infection. There are some high-risk patients who have high chances of getting this infection during or within 1 month of recovery from COVID infection. They are
Is there any treatment for this infection?
Yes. Early identification of symptoms and appropriate antifungals along with debridement of the infected area will increase the chances of cure in this disease
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