Mucormycosis: A Black Fungal Infection Due To Covid-19

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Seems like the corona virus wasn’t the only one that planned on dooming the human beings. Other microorganisms are also planning a war against us! Now well, they have collaborated on causing the outmost fear, pain and danger among us human beings.

Mucormycosis is a serious fungal infection that is caused by mucormycetes, a rare type of fungal molds. These molds are prevalent throughout the environment but these mainly affect people who have health problems or are on a course of medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight pathogens.

Basically, during a serious covid-19 infection, a person is put on a heavy dosage of steroids. Steroids are given to suppress the inflammatory response of the body (that causes pneumonia), it actually has to suppress the immune system in order to do so.

The Black fungus frequently affects the sinuses or the lungs, once a person has inhaled fungal spores from the air. The fungal infection could also grow on skin after a cut, burn, or other type of skin injury.

The most common Symptoms of Mucormycosis (are generally subjective to the part of the body they are growing) on include:

Symptoms of RHINOCEREBRAL MUCORMYCOSIS (one that has reached the sinus and brain) :

  1. Facial (One-sided) swelling
  2. Black lesions inside the nose or inside of mouth. They quickly deteriorate.
  3. Sinus/Nasal congestion
  4. Fever
  5. Headache

 Symptoms of PULMONARY MUCORMYCOSIS (after the fungus reaches the lungs) :

  1. Chest pain
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Fever
  4. Cough

Symptoms of CUTANEOUS MUCORMYCOSIS (Black fungus on skin) :

  1. Blisters/ulcers
  2. Black discoloration on the infected area.
  3. Pain
  4. Excessive redness
  5. Swelling around the wound.

Symptoms of GASTROINTESTINAL MUCORMYCOSIS (Black fungus in the gastrointestinal tract) :

  1. Nausea and vomiting
  2. Abdominal pain
  3. Gastrointestinal bleeding

DISSEMINATED MUCORMYCOSIS:

It typically occurs in ill patients. Patients who have gotten disseminated infection inside the brain can develop  changes in their mental status or sometimes coma.

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