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There are new health concerns that have emerged particularly after COVID-19, such as mucormycosis. Here’s what to look out for.

Mucormycosis
Formerly known as zygomycosis, mucormycosis, or black fungus, is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects people who have health problems or are taking medications that reduce the body’s ability to fight germs and diseases. “Do you know that you are prone to mucormycosis if you have been hospitalized, have been treated with steroids, or are diabetic,” says Dr. Athavale. She mentions that home-isolated COVID patients treated without steroids are unlikely to get it. You should still pay attention to the symptoms. “If you have problems with your teeth such as bleeding gums, tooth mobility, eye redness or nasal discharge after COVID-19, don’t ignore them as mucormycosis cases are on the rise,” says Dr Sathe. Dr. Athavale adds, “If you have a stuffy nose, dull aching face or eye pain, mouth ulcers, or eye swelling, see an ENT surgeon, ophthalmologist, or multi-specialty hospital immediately.”

Candidiasis
Candidiasis, or white fungus, is a serious fungal infection caused by the candida yeast. While candida can live in places like the mouth, intestines, and vagina in our bodies without causing problems, this fungus can cause infection in those with low immunity by entering the bloodstream or internal organs. What makes white fungus (compared to black fungus) deadly is the way the infection spreads, damaging vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain, and affecting the digestive tract, nail beds, and private areas. While a white fungal infection is not contagious, some types of candida can cause a skin infection that can be passed on to people at risk of developing the disease. The symptoms are similar to those of the black fungus; the respiratory symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19.

Yellow mushroom
Like most fungal infections, yellow fungus infection is caused by unsanitary conditions, poor hygiene, poor use of oxygen, and contaminated resources. Risk factors increase with patient comorbidities, steroid use, etc. Yellow fungal infections are more deadly than black and white infections because they start internally and cause pus to leak, slow wound healing and, in severe cases, cause organ failure and necrosis. The symptoms of this are loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, sunken eyes, pus leakage from wounds, slow wound healing and organ failure.

“These are aggressive diseases that require doctors from different specialties, so it is best to go straight to a multidisciplinary institute,” advises Dr. Athavale. However, if you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, avoid panic or self-treatment. contact your doctor immediately. Remember to keep calm and stay safe!

Also Read: Your Guide to Cultivating Self-Awareness to Promote a Conscious Living

– With input from Kalwyna Rathod

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