Green Fungus: With already existent White, Black and Yellow fungus, a new fungus is now making headlines in the country. The infection is said to have infected a 34-year-old person in Madhya Pradesh who was a covid survivor. It is the very first case of green fungus reported in the country. But the infection must be prevented in its initial stages to avoid any fatal consequences.
Learn more about the new infection of green fungus as we discuss the fungus symptoms, causes and precaution details in the post. Patients who already had COVID-19 must read the post to get information on this new fungal infection.
What is Green Fungus?
Green Fungus infection is a type of fungal infection by mold species Aspergillus. The Aspergillus spp. is a mucormycosis fungus which is causing yellow, black and white fungus infection. The fungus is the same but the colour difference is due to its species and colour observed during its culture in the laboratory.
It is a common fungus mold that survives in the environment and is present indoors as well. Naturally, we breathe in all these spores every day. So, they are not of much concern except for the patients undergoing post covid recovery. People with a weak immune system are prone to green fungus infection.
Green Fungus Symptoms
The symptoms associated with the green fungus infection are no different from the symptoms of Black fungus. Common symptoms of green fungus include:
- High fever post covid recovery
- Bleeding nose
- Bodyweight loss
- Reduced smelling
- Shortness of breath
It has been reported that the fungus is particularly infecting the lungs, blood and sinuses of the patients infected with the fungus.
If the patient observes any symptoms associated with the fungus, inform your doctor as soon as possible to avoid further spread. Do not take any medication without the guidance of a medical practitioner.
Green Fungal Cause
As per the available information any of these fungal infections including black fungus, white, yellow, and green fungus. All of these are frequently seen in patients with a history of diabetes or steroidal intake. Patients recovering from COVID-19, weak immune systems, or any lung disease have a higher risk to get the infection. Although, more research is required to make out clear differences between all the infections and get a cure for them.
Green Fungal Treatment and Precautions
The patent infected with the fungus has been currently airlifted to Mumbai is undergoing treatment in Mumbai. As it is the first case registered until now. So, as a precautionary measure, people must take care of some common points that can save people from all types of fungal infections.
- Patients with Pneumonia or fungal balls must be careful about their hygiene.
- If you are someone with a history of fungal allergies, you may be an easy target for green fungus infection.
- Persons with weak immunity and suffering from coronavirus infection must take good care of themselves to avoid the infection.
- Make sure to maintain good oral and physical hygiene.
- Avoid coming in contact with dust in any contaminated water areas.
- Wash hands properly and use a mask regularly to avoid catching the infection.
- People with lung diseases like tuberculosis and asthma must be careful to protect themselves from getting infected with the fungus.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Green fungus or any mucormycosis mold is not dangerous to breathe in until you are infected with an immunity weakening disease like COVID-19. All the Mucormycosis fungal molds are always present in our environment.
NO, the fungal infection is not contagious and cannot be spread to a healthy person from an infected person.