What is a White Fungus in Covid 19 patients?
White fungus is a type of yeast called Candida. It grows in the lab as white / green spots on agar plates. In humans, they also appear as white, creamy spots on the oral mucosa in general. They are commensals in the oral cavity and intestinal cavity and are also present on the skin. Candida albicans are the most commonly isolated species. Albicans means white. Hence the word white fungus.
Like most infections, white fungal infections cause serious damage to a person with a weakened immune system. Therefore, a person who has little immunity, or who is already at risk of other comorbidities, or who is taking anti-retroviral drugs has a higher risk of catching a white fungal infection. White fungus also has a high chance of harming people undergoing treatments suffering from AIDS, kidney transplants, or diabetes.
This new fungal infections have raised the alarm as it can appear on several parts of the body, including the skin, abdomen, kidneys, brain, genitals etc.
WHAT CAUSES THE WHITE FUNGUS?
Unhygenic use of oxygen cylinders or overuse of steroids can also increase the risk of infection. Using tap water in a joint that is fitted with an oxygen cylinder can have a significant impact on chest infections in people who are supported by oxygen. Arunesh Kumar, a doctor at Paras Hospital, told the Indian Express that people should be especially aware of fungi in water that can lead to infection and proper sanitation are very important.
Symptoms for White Fungus:
People with white fungus are reported to experience symptoms similar to Covid when it reaches the lungs, despite testing for negativity of the virus. Many experts have given reviews that a CT scan or X-Rays could reveal the condition. Children and women are more vulnerable to the effect of the white fungus. The symptoms of this disease are reported to be similar as that of the black funhal infections. However, in those with severe disease, when the fungus spreads to the lungs, more severe symptoms may appear.
White Fungus infection can lead to mild oral thrush, i.e., white areas on the mucosal membrane of the mouth and throat, after which it can spread to the throat and oesophagus. It may even spread to the eye as we have seen in the latest case in Mau. Candida or White fungus infection can be found in the heart and genitals as well.
Although there is not enough information on the subject, many doctors suggests that the white fungus can affect the chest and lungs, and because of that reason a person experiences symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath. In addition, infection can cause many other symptoms of inflammation, such as inflammation, infections, headaches, and persistent pain.
In addition, patients undergoing recovery from coronavirus may also be at risk for complications due to lower conditions and treatment options.
According to Pratibha Dogra, a senior obstetrician at W Pratiksha Hospital in Gurugram, the first signs or symptoms of this infection may be a headache and pain in the nasal area, dark growth or runny nose.
Using tap water in a joint that is fitted with an oxygen cylinder can have a significant impact on chest infections in people who are supported by oxygen. Arunesh Kumar, a doctor at Paras Hospital, told the Indian Express that people should be especially aware of fungi in water that can lead to infection and proper sanitation are very important.
Treatment against White fungus
As per the reports many patients diagnosed with white fungal infections are being treated with antibiotics and are recovering well. Therefore, the only known treatment line includes fungal drugs. However, due to a shortage of medicines, early detection is needed for the quick recovery from this disease.