As the post-COVID black fungus infection spreads its tentacles in Lucknow, recent reports state that the city has witnessed 43 cases of the disease and 3 deaths till now. Apart from KGMU and RML, patients suffering from 'Mucormycosis' are also being treated at SIPS, Apollo, Sanjivini and Chandan Hospital in the city. As per reports, maximum patients are lodged at KGMU medical centre and the necessary medical aid is being provided to them in a separate ward.

Low immunity levels, a primary cause of the disease!

From weakness to heart-related issues, doctors deliberate over a range of post-COVID complications but Black Fungus or 'Mucormycosis' is one of the most serious out of these. While a list of cause is being identified for this successive infection, individuals with certain conditions are finding it difficult to walk up the recovery path after COVID.

Dr. S.N. Gupta, Chief Pulmonologist, Critical care and Sleep Medicine Specialist at Sanjivini Hospital and Research Centre said, "Nowadays, the word black fungus is spreading like anything, in patients with post-COVID complications. This disease usually affects people who have gone through long-term steroid usage, long-term hospitalisation or have been on supplemental oxygen. Further, those suffering from diabetes, immunocompromised diseases like HIV and cancer and those who have undergone organ transplantation are also prone to catching Black Fungus after COVID-19."

Rapid diagnosis and Swift medical care needed for fast recovery

Expounding upon the first signs of the fungal infection, the doctor said, "Common symptoms include nose bleeding and pain, one-sided facial swelling, severe headache, red and painful eyes, loss of vision and other things. If a COVID recovered patient spots any such symptoms after recovery, he/she must immediately contact ENT Surgeon or the Ophthalmic surgeon. If quick steps are taken, there is nothing to worry about and the recovery will be assured soon."

As per reports, a gastroenterology expert at AIIMS New Delhi has stated that the infection does not spread from animals to people. It largely affects people who have low immunity levels and there can be umpteen underlying factors for this. Additionally, doctors have also claimed that the infection is not contagious.

Knock Knock

Be it, Black Fungus or any other disease, one of the most important steps towards assuring speedy recovery is the quick diagnosis and subsequent deployment of needed medical interventions. Given the severity of current times, it is pertinent to keep a check on your health and mitigate the possibility of any such complication that can lead to detrimental consequences.

So, if you are somebody dealing with post-COVID or non-COVID issues, Sanjivini Hospital and Research Centre can be a good alternative to get the right medical advice. You can reach out to them at 0522-4232333 and for more information, check out their website by clicking here!

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