What is White Fungus and what causes it?
The uncommon fungal infection affects the lungs as well as other body parts such as the kidney, brain, and private parts, among others. The white fungus can infect the lungs, similar to COVID-19 infection, and can be detected during an HRCT. The uncommon fungal infection can affect the nails, skin, stomach, and other parts of the body. According to experts, it can be caused by a lack of immunity. People with diabetes or on steroids are more likely to become infected with this new fungal infection. According to Indian Express, people can contract this deadly infection when they come into contact with mold-containing items such as water.
What is Black Fungus?
The black fungal infection, on the other hand, is caused by a mold group known as mucormycosis. These molds can be found all over the place. Black fungus primarily affects people who have health issues or are taking medications that reduce the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness.
How is White Fungus different from Black fungus?
Symptoms of White Fungus
- Dark spots on lungs
- reduced oxygen level
Symptoms of Black Fungus
- Black crusts in the nose.
- Facial pain
- Loss of vision or pain in the eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Swelling in cheeks and eyes
Who is more at risk of White Fungus infection?
Both the White and Black fungus prey on people with weakened immune systems. In addition, people who have diabetes, cancer, a critical illness, or are in the intensive care unit are more vulnerable to black fungus. Simultaneously, the white fungus attacks people who have comorbidities. People with cancer and high blood sugar levels are more susceptible to white fungus.
How white fungus spreads in the body?
According to AIIMS professor Dr. Kaushal Verma
“the white fungus starts in the tongue or private parts and causes the tongue to turn white. It then spreads to other organs, such as the lungs, brain, and food pipes”
How to avoid black and white fungus infection?
According to Dr. Pankaj Aggarwal,
“The first one has to avoid getting Covid infection. Therefore it is important to strengthen the immunity. Do not overuse steroids during covid treatment. Steroids should be given only when the oxygen levels go down and pneumonia occurs. When the condition is stable, reduce the number of steroids, so that there is no problem of blood sugar fluctuation. White and black fungus infections can be avoided in these ways.”