Black fungus, also known as ‘Mucormycosis’ is a disease belonging to the fungal family ‘Mucorales’. Mucormycosis is a very rare infection which is caused by exposure to mucor mould commonly found in soil, plants, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables.
This fungus infects people who have impaired immune systems. We are all breathing in, fungal spores constantly viz… when we walk by a construction site or compost piles. Healthy people clear them easily without experiencing illness, however those with compromised immunity tend to get adversely affected; so much so it can prove fatal.
This fungus primarily affects facial sinuses, brain and lungs of severely immunocompromised individuals, such as cancer patients or people with HIV/AIDS.
Healthcare Professionals observed that black fungus infection majorly occurs in the COVID-19 recovered patients after a long time of hospitalisation and medication. If it lands in the sinuses or brain, it can cause facial swelling, nasal congestion, and headache.
The prime symptoms of the black fungus include:
If you notice loose teeth beyond its actual physiological boundaries around the gum area after recovering from corona infection, it can be a sign of black fungus in the jawbones. When mucormycosis attacks our bone, the bone turns black and eventually dies. Then the infected bone should be extracted surgically. Black fungus infection weakens the jawbone and is followed by loosening of the teeth as they lose support of the jaw. So visit any dental clinic in Delhi or whichever city you are in immediately, as soon you get these signs.
Black fungus is an aggressive infectious condition and it will spread throughout your body if it is not treated in time. Pain in the jawbone is a warning sign indicating the transmission of infection in the sinus region.
We recommend you to consult your dentist in Delhi immediately when you have a toothache, painful sensation in the jawbone and reddish eyes after recovering from covid 19 infections.
Gum abscess is one of the most noticeable signs of black fungus. In general, it happens when the infection occurs in spaces between the teeth and the gums. This is followed by pus development which leads to gum recession. Dentists in Delhi are taking extra care to check post covid/black fungus symptoms in the patients’ oral cavity.
Discoloration in oral tissues is a serious problem you should be concerned about. It may occur with the accumulation of microbes especially after recovering from COVID-19.
If you see discoloration or color changes in regions around your mouth like lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, visit your cosmetic dentist in Delhi immediately.
Numbness in the mouth and cheeks is the main symptom indicating the spread of black fungus infection to the facial muscles. When muscles around the orofacial region get infected, it triggers numbness inside our mouth.
If not treated on time, the black fungus infection can turn fatal. The medical treatment for mucormycosis ranges from 6 to 12 weeks and is a debridement treatment, which means that it has to be treated medically as well as surgically.
Anti-fungal therapy majorly includes (amphotericin B) preparations which are administered by the specialist.
The fungus has to be removed surgically so that the penetration of anti-fungal drugs is much better into these areas. Surgery is very important in severe cases because the black fungus has to be completely scraped oﬀ and healthy tissue should be seen.
Prevention is always better than cure. According to dentists, one can reduce their chance of getting infected by various viral and fungal infections including COVID and black fungus, by following some simple dental hygiene rules:
Black fungus is a destructive fungal infection that should be treated in time. Currently, it is found that covid survivors are getting infected with this infectious condition. As certain post covid complications mimic the symptoms of black fungus, many people neglect and become victims.
Keep in mind if you or your loved ones who recovered from acute covid-19 witness any atypical signs similar to the ones we described here, they may be the signals of black fungus.
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Posted by: Dr Hema