Doctors witness increased cases of Covid-19 triggered Mucormycosis

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  • December 16, 2020
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Doctors witness increased cases of Covid-19 triggered Mucormycosis

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  • Recently, doctors have witnessed increased cases of Covid-19 triggered Mucormycosis.
  • The reduced immunity of Covid-19 patients makes them more susceptible to this fungal infection.

Important value addition

  • Mucormycosis is also called Black Fungus or Zygomycosis.
  • It is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes.
  • It occurs through inhalation, inoculation, or ingestion of spores from the environment.
  • Mucormycosis does not spread between people or between people and animals.
  • It usually occurs in people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness.
  • Symptoms: One-sided facial swelling and numbness, headache, nasal or sinus congestion, black lesions on nasal bridge or upper inside of the mouth, fever, abdominal pain, nausea and gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • It needs to be treated with prescription antifungal medicine.
  • Often, mucormycosis requires surgery to cut away the infected tissue.
  • There is no vaccine to prevent it.
  • Early detection can prevent loss of eyesight, nose or jaw through clinical intervention.

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