After black, white it's now Yellow Fungus: Know its symptoms, causes, cure
Symptoms of yellow fungus infection include lethargy, weight loss, low appetite, or no appetite at all.
Amid the rising number of black and white fungus cases in the country, a person has now been diagnosed with a yellow fungus infection. In the national capital region (NCR), it has been witnessed first in Ghaziabad on Monday (May 24, 2021) and the yellow fungus is reportedly more dangerous than the black and white fungus. The patient is currently being treated at ENT surgeon Dr Brij Pal Tyagi's hospital.
Yellow fungus is said to be more deadly than black fungus and white fungus infections. Close to 9,000 black fungus cases have been reported from various states across the country while a few white fungus cases have been reported from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
The symptoms of white fungus infection include lethargy, weight loss, low appetite, or no appetite at all. Leakage of pus from wounds and slow healing of open wounds are also noticed in some cases. In extreme cases, it results in sunken eyes and organ failure, according to experts, the DNA report mentioned.
Doctors have advised to seek immediate medical help if any such symptom is noticed.
Yellow fungus can arise due to poor hygiene, high humidity and consumption of old food. Discarding old food, proper disposal of faeces, among others, can prevent the fungus from spreading. In case there is high humidity in a closed space, be it a house or an office, it should not be allowed to breach 30-40 percent. High moisture in the air allows proliferation of fungus. Proper ventilation is a must in this case.
If detected early, yellow fungus infection can be cured by injecting Amphotericin B injection, which is an anti-fungal drug.
Meanwhile, the Centre in a bid to prevent the spread of black fungus, had instructed the states to declare black fungus as an epidemic, with many declaring the same. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra are among the states which are highly affected by the black fungus infections.
The treatment for yellow fungus is the amphotericin b injection, which is an anti-fungal drug. Poor hygiene mostly causes the yellow fungus infection and getting rid of old food and faeces helps in containing its spread. Too much humidity can also cause the infection as it promotes the proliferation of bacteria and fungus. The humidity can remain between 30% and 40%.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister on Monday morning said that so far, 5,424 cases of Mucormycosis have been reported in 18 states and UTs. "Out of 5,424 cases, 4,556 patients have a history of COVID-19 infection. 55% of the patients had diabetes," he added.
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