Black coronavirus fungal infection: sign, symptoms and everything we know about deadly fungal infections
What makes black infection so deadly?
Black fungal infections have been officially declared epidemic in Rajasthan and several other countries noted the number of disproportional cases, most of them related to Covid complications.
Now, while fungal infections are not uncommon or new such as Covid-19, the case priority has been high at the last time. Infection seems to have the most impact on those who suffer from severe Covid-19 patients and make them recover from Covid-19 to land in the hospital again, with a strange face deformity.
Who faces the highest risk?
According to the ICMR guidelines, patients with comorbidity, or those who take medication that suppress their immunity to fight environmental pathogens will most likely be susceptible to black mushroom disease.
It has also been equated that Covid-19 patients placed on prolonged oxygen support are also at risk of facing the contaminated musormycosis infection – contaminated water resources used for medical oxygen production, environmental factors can all be blamed.
What are the symptoms that must be careful?
Black mushrooms bring a high mortality rate of 50%. However, if this disease is diagnosed in time, it can be treated well. According to the doctor, this disease mainly infects faces, which is referred to as ‘rhino-cerebral mukormycosis’ and can even cause different facial defects, related to this fungal infection disease.
In addition, this disease can also affect the sinus hallway and cause acute swelling and inflammation. Here are some different symptoms that must be directed by patients:
Black crust around the nose
Face deformity is the most talked about symptoms of disease. Mucormycosis can be proven to be very dangerous if not treated, and mutilating the patient’s nose, jaw or change the vital face structure. The formation of a black crust, swelling inside and around the nose and eyes is a strange feature. In many cases severe, operations may even be needed to remove the jaw or nose bone.
Headache and swelling at / around the forehead
One of the most severe complications with black mushrooms occurs when it spreads to the brain and causes nervous inflammation. Acute headaches, swelling, redness, pain in the forehead can be the earliest signs. Doctors also warn that infection can damage cognitive function, and critical symptoms, such as memory loss, delirium and changes in one’s mental conditions also need to be considered.
Swelling on the cheeks, eyes or face
Swelling, local pain in the cheekbones, or experiencing one-sided or sustainable face pain can also be the main marker of the current infection.
Apart from swelling, fungal infections can also affect skin health and bring out several lesions, such necrosis symptoms.
Partially loss of vision / blindness
Black fungal infections can have a negative impact on the vital nerves in the body and cause eye damage too. Some patients reported undergoing symptoms such as itching, redness in the eye, eye pain, partial blindness and loss of vision. In some cases, infection can also cause permanent vision loss.
Because mold can be inhaled by patients, the growth of mushrooms can spread sporadically throughout the respiratory section and affect the lungs, causing severe symptoms. This is what is called a doctor as a ‘lung mukormycosis’.
Lung complications can begin as nosebleeds, clogging of noses, causing reducing facial sensations.