Persistent headache, decreased sensation among symptoms of Black Fungus: AIIMS Chief

Despite the disease not being contagious, more cases of Black Fungus are being reported in India, Dr Guleria said, citing that a large portion of country is diabetic, among whom the infection rate is higher.

Persistent headache, decreased sensation among symptoms of Black Fungus: AIIMS Chief
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New Delhi: Persistent headache after recovering from Covid-19 on one side of the face is one of the most significant symptoms of Black Fungus. Also, if you find discolouration in the mouth and decreased sensation in any part of the face, you must get tested for Black Fungus,  according to the expert opinion of Dr Randeep Guleria, chief of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi.

"If your nose is getting blocked and there is thrusting...those are early signs that you should start worrying. If there is loosening of a tooth, then, too, you should immediately consult your doctor, the AIIMS chief said as he listed out one more symptoms of black fungus. 

"There is also a blood test that can be done...a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based test," Dr Guleria told NDTV while listing out ways to detect the infection which has primarily been observed among Covid recovered patients.

Despite the disease not being contagious, more cases of Black Fungus are being reported in India, Dr Guleria said, citing that a large portion of country is diabetic, among whom the infection rate is higher.

The cases of mucormycosis or black fungus were reported during the first wave, too, however, due to the excessive use of steroids in the second wave, the infection is being reported in more patients, he said.  

 India has so far reported approximately cases of 8,848 mucormycosis or black fungus, one of the rapidly spreading infections observed in those recovering from Covid-19.

Taking note of the increasing numbers, the Central government has emphasised upon expediting the allocation of vials of Amphotericin-B, a key drug to treat raging mucormycosis.

In this direction, the Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers D.V. Sadananda Gowda has announced an allocation of 23,680 additional vials of Amphotericin-B.


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