Black fungus or White fungus – A Short comparison.
During this COVID-19 pandemic situation after effects of this infection is becoming a serious matter of concern because of the fear of life threatening outcomes of both of these black and white fungus.
Here are some points to understand the differences between Black and white fungus –
1• Black fungus has been declared as an epidemic situation in several states of India as so many cases have been reported and becoming cause of death for the people which raises panic situation to its peak. While White fungus is quiet new in this pandemic picture with only 4 reported cases of it in Patna, Bihar but it is also becoming matter of fear because of its spreading capability in human body.
2• All the patients of black fungus have history of being COVID-19 positive previously and black fungus is emerging as post covid complication disease now a days. While all the patients recognised with White fungus are COVID-19 negative but there is a strong possibility of arousal of white fungus also as post covid complication.
3• Black fungus mainly affects the sinuses, brain and the lungs .While white fungus affects lungs with other parts of the body such as nails, stomach, skin, kidney, brain, private parts and mouth.
4• Symptoms of Black fungus starts from nasal congestion, one side facial pain, fever, black patches around the nose, jaw involvement, thrombosis, swelling and pain in the eye with finally loss of vision. While symptoms of White fungus depends mainly on where the fungus is growing in the body.
5• The causing virus of Black fungus is a family of moulds named as mucormycetes. While main cause of White fungus spread is still unknown.
6• Black fungus symptoms start appearing 2-3 weeks after COVID-19 infection while White fungus symptoms starts appearing after 1-12 weeks after exposure to fungus.
7• Black Fungus treatment involves antifungal therapy injections for 21 days with surgical removal of dead and infected tissue While White fungus patients are on Antifungal medicines.
8• Black fungus is not a new disease as it used to develop earlier also in immunity compromised patients While White fungus is quite a new problem due to which medical experts are more concerned as knowledge of this fungus is quite limited and threat to life is bigger than that.
9• Along with immunity compromised patients Black fungus developing probability increases due to regularly using the same masks without washing or changing mask. As humidity in those masks gives fungus a favourable environment to grow. While this type of information is yet to explore more for White fungus as patient found diseased with White fungus are COVID-19 negative.
10• Black fungus is a life threatening disease itself but if given timely treatment life of patient can be saved While White fungus patients till now are recovering well but due to involvement of several organs of body in this disease and due to limited information of this fungus is going to be a big hurdle in saving Iives of people if White fungus also spread like that of Black fungus as epidemic.
I hope Black fungus or White fungus- A Short comparison could help people to understand more about this serious issue.
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