Black Fungus: Govt shares do's and don'ts amid rise in Mucormycosis cases in Covid patients
Sharing four slides on the fungus, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, 'Awareness and early diagnosis can help curb the spread of the fungal infection'
Amid increasing concern over the rise in the number of cases of mucormycosis or "black fungus", the Centre has asked doctors to look out for signs of the rare but potentially fatal infection in Covid-19 patients.
- Control hyperglycemia
- Monitor blood glucose level post-COVID-19 discharge and also in diabetics
- Use steroid judiciously
- Use clean, sterile water for humidifiers during oxygen therapy
- Use antibiotics/antifungals judiciously
- Do not miss warning signs and symptoms
- Do not consider all the cases with blocked nose as cases of bacterial sinusitis, particularly in the context of immunosuppression and/or COVID-19 patients on immunomodulators
- Do not hesitate to seek aggressive investigations, as appropriate (KOH staining & microscopy, culture, MALDITOF), for detecting fungal etiology
- Do not lose crucial time to initiate treatment for mucormycosis
After recovering from coronavirus, one should closely monitor and should not miss any warning signs and symptoms mentioned above, as the fungal infection is found to emerge even weeks or months after recovery.
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