What Is White Fungus? It Can Be More Lethal Than Black Fungus

by Shatakshi Gupta
White fungus & black fungus

The second wave of Coronavirus is sloping down, but this does not bring relief to people as black fungus orMucormycosis has started to wreak havoc.  Black Fungus is spreading in many parts of the country including UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra. This infection has further increased the concern of the government and the public. Lately, the central government has urged states to list black fungus under the epidemic act. This is the reason why black fungus has been declared an epidemic in many states of the country. 

At the time, when Black Fungus is spreading badly, yet another lethal infection named White Fungus has arrived. Now, the danger of White Fungus Or Candidiasis is also looming.

According to media reports, many people have become victims of white fungus in Bihar. It is being told that white fungus can prove to be even more dangerous than black fungus. So, it becomes important for us to know about this newly emerged menace.

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As per the reports from Patna, 4 such patients have been found so far to have symptoms like COVID-19 but were infected with white fungus. All corona test of these patients tested them negative.

Experts on white fungus say that it is very difficult to differentiate between White fungus and COVID-19.  According to health experts, a white fungal infection also attacks a person’s lungs like a COVID-19. Symptoms of lung infection from white fungus resemble corona infection when compared on a high-resolution computed tomography. So it is very difficult to differentiate between the two. To confirm it, a specialised diagnosis like HRCT scans may be required.

These people are most vulnerable

The causes for this infection are similar to causes for Black Fungus. Similar to black fungus this also targets people with a weak immune system and people with co-morbidities. Besides, people who use antibiotics or steroid medicines can fall prey to it.

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Moreover, diabetes and cancer patients are at maximum risk, as these people take steroid containing drugs. White fungus is also a big threatto patients on oxygen support, it can infect their lungs.

It can affect other body parts besides the lungs

Experts have warned that white fungus affects other parts of the body besides the lungs. It can infect the stomach, kidneys, brain, genitalia, mouth, and nails as well.

How fatal is White Fungus?

Black fungus is known to have a high mortality rate. Currently, there is no information about how fatal white fungus is. But experts do tell that it can spread very rapidly and can be more dangerous than black fungus.