Mumbai : Risk of Aspergillosis disease increases after decline in corona infection

Mumbai : Along with black fungus, the cases of Aspergillosis, a fungal infection, is also on the rise in Mumbai. Diseases such as diabetes, as well as covid infection and steroids used in treatment are causing patients to suffer from aspergillosis infection after covid.

Two patients with the infection have recently been found at Zen Hospital. A 50-year-old male patient was admitted to the ICU with post-covid lung fibrosis and pneumothorax. No symptoms of mucormycosis such as black discharge or black crust was found in him. He underwent nasal endoscopy and was diagnosed with aspergillosis. There are many patients like him who are fighting against this fungal infection.

Aspergillosis is a fungal infection caused by aspergillosis. This fungus is ubiquitous; But if the immune system is good, then the disease does not occur. People with weak immune systems, uncontrolled diabetes, organ transplants, certain blood cancers, as well as those taking steroids, have a higher risk of developing the infection. ENT surgeon at Zen Multispeciality Hospital in Chembur, Shalaka Dighe said that the treatment is determined by nasal endoscopy for timely diagnosis of fungal infection in all post-covid patients.  She usually uses an anti-fungal drug called voriconazole to treat aspergillosis, she said.

Dr. Dighe said, Voriconazole is used in the treatment of many serious fungal infections. One of them is aspergillosis, which starts spreading in lungs and gradually spreads from the bloodstream to other organs. This fungal infection is not as new as the coronavirus; But there has been a worrying increase in the number of such cases. Patients recovered from covid, especially those who have taken steroids or have been on antibiotics for a long time, or who have been hospitalized for a long time, should control their blood sugar levels, as well as they must consult a doctor immediately in case of runny nose, eye pain, eye swelling, and swelling of the cheeks.

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