White Fungus Symptoms and Risks. Is it Deadlier than Black Fungus? India’s fast-spreading COVID crisis has two new issues to deal with. Mucormycosis or Black Fungus is already infecting many patients but now doctors anticipate a certain type of ‘White Fungus’ to impact people. Here’s a look at what we know about it.
What is White Fungus?
Medical experts claim this is a type of fungus impacting patients during COVID-19 in India. White fungus affected many other organs aside of lungs when in the body. Reports say, that ‘white fungus’ is more deadly than mucormycosis or Black Fungus.
What are the symptoms of White Fungus?
Ever as more is getting known about White Fungus, experts say symptoms of this type of fungus are similar to COVID-19. White Fungus however may not just impact lungs also carry infection to other parts of the body.
Is White Fungus more dangerous than Black Fungus?
India is already seen a large number of COVID-19 patients impacted by Black Fungus. However, four COVID patients were observed to have ‘white fungus’ in Patna in India. In a statement, Dr. SN Singh, head of the Department of Microbiology of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) called this white fungus infections “more dangerous than black fungus due to its acute effect on the lungs and other body parts including nails, skin, stomach, kidney, brain, private parts and mouth.”
This statement was refuted by Nodal Officer for COVID-19 at All India Institue of Medical Science (AIIMS), Patna. Dr Sanjeev Kumar spoke to ShethePeople and said the White Fungus infection is not yet established in India. “There is no evidence of the white fungus so far. There is evidence for the cases reportedly detected. There is no information about the infected patients. What is their biopsy report? Where are they admitted?”
“No such cases have been reported in AIIMS Patna,” he said.
The Indian Medical Association head of Patna, Ajay Kumar also said that no such cases have been reported to him so far. He said, ” It is not more dangerous than Black Fungus.”
How does one get White Fungus?
Reports say the source of the ‘white fungus’ is also the oxygen cylinder. Currently many patients are needing oxygen to overcome COVID impact on their lungs. According to Dr Singh the tap water used by people in the humidifier attached to the oxygen cylinder can be the source of the ‘white fungus’.
“Tap water may contain ‘White Fungus’ which can be a source of chest infection in the person on oxygen support,” Dr Singh said to media.
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