We all have been hearing and seeing a surge in post covid Mucormycosis cases.
By now we all know that it's a Fungul infection and it is indeed a debilitating disease.
But what causes it?
One of the main causes is compromised immunity. We know that patients who have recovered from Covid infection have low or compromised immunity, mainly due to usage of steroids in Covid treatment. While steroids reduce inflammation in the lungs of Covid affected patients, it also reduces their immunity and increases blood sugar levels. Early symptoms include dryness in the nose, blackish discharge from the nose, stuffed nose, facial numbness, blurry vision, dental pain and persistent severe headaches.
A patient in early stages can be treated with anti fungal injections. However those at late stages will need surgical debridement of the infected tissues and organs. Debridement involves surgical removal of dead, necrotic, infected tissues, to facilitate further medical management.
Recently, Dr Shailesh Pandey of Aum ENT Clinic, Mumbai, along with a team of doctors, diagnosed, treated and operated on a Mucormycosis case.
She was a 34 year old female patient with uncontrolled diabetes, severe headache and tightness around neck and head, nasal stuffing, difficulty in breathing through the nose. Her brain MRI and CT PNS showed and confirmed nasal and skull infection. Further her biopsy confirmed Mucormycosis. She was immediately admitted to a hospital where she was administered Amphotericine b and insulin and other relevant medicines.
Dr Shailesh Pandey of Aum ENT clinic, did her Debridement surgery. After a months stay at the hospital and good treatment for her diabetes and Mucormycosis, she has recovered fully without any deficits, which is laudable, keeping in mind her poor prognosis.
So with early detection, awareness and timely treatment we can beat this debilitating condition.
Do visit your ENT doctor at the earliest sign of discomfort. Do not indulge in self medication.
BE ALERT AND BE AWARE
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
VISIT YOUR ENT TODAY.