MUCORMYCOSIS! EVERYTHING YOU MUST KNOW

Mucormycosis is a fungal infection. Normally black fungus enters the body of humans but fails to cause an infection because our immune system is competent enough to fight such infections. But in case you are suffering from some disease which requires immunosuppressive medication {medicines which lower the activity of immune system} the chances of getting infected increases and you become more prone to Mucormycosis.

Lungs are the main site of infection, which leads to symptoms like :-

  • Pain and redness around eyes or nose.
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bloody vomits
MUCORMYCOSIS
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HOW TO PREVENT OURSELVES FROM THIS INFECTION ?

  • Wear masks while going out especially if you are visiting a dusty construction site or any other place which is dusty.
  • Wear shoes, long trousers, long sleeve shirts and gloves while gardening or while touching soil, moss or manure.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene and bath nicely scrubbing your body.

SYMPTOMS YOU MUST NOT IGNORE :-

  • Fever
  • Nasal congestion/blockage, nasal discharge ( blackish/bloody )
  • Pain on or near cheek bones
  • One sided facial pain, numbness or swelling
  • Blackish discolouration over nose
  • Toothache, loosening of teeth
  • Blurred or double vision with pain
  • Skin lesion
  • Chest pain
  • Worsening of respiratory symptoms
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WHAT ARE THE DO’S ?

  • Maintain your blood glucose level. A high amount of sugar in blood can increase the chance of getting infected.
  • Monitor blood glucose level post getting cured from COVID-19.
  • Use of immunosuppressants/steroids should be judicious. Medicines must be given on proper timing and correct dose must be administered for a fixed duration.
  • Use of clean and sterile water must be encouraged especially when using oxygen humidifiers.
  • Antibiotics administration must be checked.

WHAT ARE THE DON’Ts ?

  • You should not ignore the signs and symptoms. As soon as you have a suspicion consult your doctor.
  • Do not loose precious time to initiate treatment for mucormycosis.
  • Remember that not all cases with blocked nose are due to bacterial infection.
  • Stay cautious and alert.

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