What is Yellow Fungus? Like Black Fungus and White Fungus, Yellow Fungus is a fungal infection. It was first reported from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The infection was reportedly found in a 45-year-old man who had recovered from COVID-19.
According to the statement given by ENT specialist Dr BP Tyagi to leading dailies, the patient who was found to have symptoms of Yellow Fungus also had symptoms of Black Fungus and White Fungus. He said that “A 45-year-old patient’s sinus was normal in CT scan but after performing endoscopy we came to know that he contracted three types of fungi (black, white and yellow). Yellow fungus is generally found in reptiles. I found this first time in human.”
What Is Yellow Fungus?
- Yellow Fungus is a fungal infection that has been attributed to COVID-19. It is commonly found in reptiles, the first reported case of Yellow Fungus in humans was in the 45-year-old man who had recovered from COVID-19.
- Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Dr Randepp Guleria told during a press conference that fungal infection is not a communicable disease. Guleria added that the different terms based on the colour being used for fungal injections in COVID-19 could be misleading and confusing.
- Dr Guleria said that “People with low immunity are infected with mucormycosis, Candida and asporogenous infections” He added that these fungi are largely found in sinuses, nose, and the bone around the eyes. They are occasionally found in the lungs or in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Dr BP Tyagi reportedly said that Yellow Fungus is a deadly infection that starts internally. Tyagi said that noting symptoms was important as it could help in early detection and treatment. He added that anti-fungal injection Amphotericin B is believed to be effective against Yellow Fungus.
- Dr Tyagi added that symptoms include lethargy, loss of weight, and lack of appetite. In severe cases, it may result in sunken eyes, leakage of pus, slow healing of wounds, and malnutrition.
- He said that the fungus thrives in unhygienic conditions and humidity and said it was imperative to maintain hygiene and sanitation.
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