All You Need To Know About ‘Black Fungus’

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The rising cases of Black Fungus infection around the world, especially among Covid19 patients, have left a lot of us worried! What the infection is, why we should take it very seriously, and how to prevent it from happening, below we have collected all the information that might help you!

What is Black Fungus?

Black fungus is clinically known as Mucormycosis, it is a rare Fungai affecting 1 in 10,00,000 people, but with a mortality rate of 50%.

Why is this infection dangerous?

  • It can cause blindness, organ dysfunction, loss of body tissue, and even death if not treated on time.
  • Chances of infection increases in patients who’re diabetic, COVID positive, and are taking steroids
  • Uncontrolled diabetes is the biggest cause for its rising number, especially post-COVID

Infection should be suspected when there is:

  • Sinusitis – nasal blockage or congestion, nasal discharge (blackish/bloody)
  • Pain on the cheekbones, one-sided facial pain, numbness or swelling
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Blurred or double vision with pain
  • Chest pain and worsening of the respiratory system

Prevention

  • Wear a mask while stepping out
  • Wear clothes that least expose the skin like long sleeves, full-length pants
  • Most importantly for diabetic and other immune-compromised people, controlling sugar levels and blood glucose is a must
  • People who are prescribed steroids should constantly monitor and dosage should be reduced in consultation with a doctor

As Pakistan powers through rising in COVID-19 cases, we urge you to take care of yourself and those around you. We are all in this together. Stay home, stay safe, and take all the necessary precautions.

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