A quick guide to Mucormycosis — the life-threatening fungal infection in COVID-19 patients

Mucormycosis, a life-threatening infection colloquially termed black fungus, is being reported among COVID-19 patients and survivors in India. If left untreated, this can result in blindness and even death.

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As a deadly second wave of COVID-19 continues to ravage India, cases of mucormycosis, a rare life-threatening infection are being reported among COVID-19 patients. (Image: News18 Creative)
As a deadly second wave of COVID-19 continues to ravage India, cases of mucormycosis, a rare and life-threatening infection, are being reported among COVID-19 patients and survivors. (Image: News18 Creative)
A life-threatening infection known as mucormycosis (colloquially as black fungus) which, if untreated, results in blindness followed by death. (Image: News18 Creative)
Colloquially termed black fungus, the infection, if left untreated can lead to blindness and even death. (Image: News18 Creative)
It affects the sinuses, the brain and the lungs and can be life-threatening in diabetic or severely immunocompromised patients, such as those with cancer or HIV/AIDS. (Image: News18 Creative)
It affects the sinuses, the brain and the lungs and can be life-threatening in diabetic or severely immunocompromised patients, such as those with cancer or HIV/AIDS. (Image: News18 Creative)
Patients suffering from the fungal infection typically have symptoms of stuffy and bleeding nose; swelling of and pain in the eye; drooping of eyelids; and blurred and finally loss of vision. There could be black patches of skin around the nose. (Image: News18 Creative)
Patients suffering from the fungal infection typically have symptoms such as stuffy and bleeding nose; swelling of and pain in the eye; drooping of eyelids, and blurred vision and finally loss of vision. There could be black patches of skin around the nose. (Image: News18 Creative)
A quick guide of Dos and Don’ts to prevent black fungus. (Image: News18 Creative)
Here are some dos and don’ts to prevent black fungus. (Image: News18 Creative)

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