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Mucormycosis – Black Fungus

What is black fungus?

Three things to know about black fungus:

  1. It is a very serious condition with 15% mortality. Hence it is extremely important to diagnose early and start the treatment immediately.
  2. It occurs because of the reduced immunity of the patient due to uncontrolled diabetes, Covid 19, steroids.
  3. Early ENT and ophthalmology check up is necessary.

 

What are the symptoms of black fungus?

Since it is rhino orbit cerebral mucormycosis, it starts with the nose and goes onto the eye. Nasal discharge which is black in color and foul-smelling is the main symptom. Other symptoms include cold, fever, black patches on the palette, bulging of the eye, double vision, blurred vision, drooping of the upper eyelid, giddiness, and brain complications.

What are the precautions to be taken for black fungus?

Early ENT and ophthalmology check-up is necessary for the precaution.

How serious is black fungus?

Black Fungus is a very serious condition with 15% mortality. Hence it is extremely important to diagnose early and start the treatment immediately.

Myths about Black Fungus

Myth is that any person having redness in eye has black fungus. Only the patients with reduced immunity can have black fungus. Also, black fungus is an opportunistic infection. Mucus is seen everywhere, but only if the patient has reduced immunity it is possible to have black fungus.

What is the treatment to black fungus?

Early ENT check up. The doctor will take a swab and confirm whether it is fungal infection. An MRI scan is also necessary since it checks the extent of the disease. The patient will have to be admitted in a multispeciality hospital and iv liposomal amphotericin b injection will be given.

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What is black fungus?

Three things to know about black fungus:
1. It is a very serious condition with 15% mortality. Hence it is extremely important to diagnose early and start the treatment immediately.
2. It occurs because of the reduced immunity of the patient due to uncontrolled diabetes, Covid 19, steroids.
3. Early ENT and ophthalmology check-up is necessary.

What are the symptoms of black fungus?

Since it is rhino orbit cerebral mucormycosis, it starts with the nose and goes onto the eye. Nasal discharge which is black in color and foul-smelling is the main symptom. Other symptoms include cold, fever, black patches on the palette, bulging of the eye, double vision, blurred vision, drooping of the upper eyelid, giddiness, and brain complications.

What are the precautions to be taken for black fungus?

Early ENT and ophthalmology check-up is necessary for the precaution.

How serious is black fungus?

Black Fungus is a very serious condition with 15% mortality. Hence it is extremely important to diagnose early and start the treatment immediately.

Myths about Black Fungus

The myth is that any person having redness in the eye has black fungus. Only the patients with reduced immunity can have black fungus. Also, black fungus is an opportunistic infection. Mucus is seen everywhere, but only if the patient has reduced immunity it is possible to have black fungus.

What is the treatment to black fungus?

Early ENT check-up. The doctor will take a swab and confirm whether it is fungal infection. An MRI scan is also necessary since it checks the extent of the disease. The patient will have to be admitted in a multispeciality hospital and iv liposomal amphotericin b injection will be given.

 

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