What is Mucormycosis or Black Fungus?

The Black Fungus or Mucormycosis is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called Mucormycetes. These molds live throughout the environment.

Is Mucormycosis or the Black Fungus contagious?

No. Mucormycosis or the Black Fungus can’t spread between people. So, it’s not contagious.

Who is prone to getting
Mucormycosis or Black Fungus?

Mucormycosis, or the Black Fungus, mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s immunity. The COVID-19 Second wave has seen a substantial rise in the number of cases of Mucormycosis or Black Fungus. Especially in patients who’ve recently recovered from COVID infection and have some pre-existing diseases that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Recently treated COVID-19 Patients
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Undergone Organ transplant or Surgeries
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Neutropenia (low number of white blood cells)
  • Immunosuppressant Steroids use
  • Too much iron in the body (iron overload or hemochromatosis)
  • Malnutrition, Diherrea
  • Prolonged ICU Stay Patients

What are the Symptoms of
Mucormycosis or Black Fungus?

The symptoms of mucormycosis depend on where in the body the fungus is growing. Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms that you think are related to Mucormycosis or the Black Fungus.

Symptoms of Mucormycosis / Black Fungus include but are not limited to the following:

  • One-sided facial swelling
  • Headache
  • Nasal or Sinus congestion
  • Black lesions on the nasal bridge or upper inside of the mouth
  • Thick discharge from the eyes
  • Prolonged Fever
  • Toothache Jaw pain
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

Do you have any of the above symptoms?

Whom to Consult?

The first point of contact should be an ENT Specialist or an Ophthalmologist who can detect the disease based on specific tests and diagnosis

A multi-disciplinary intervention of an Ophthalmologist, ENT Surgeon, Microbiologist, Pathologist is required depending on the case.

Advanced infectious cases need to be seen in a multispecialty Tertiary Care Hospital with the intervention of a Neuro Surgeon, Oculoplasty Surgeon, ENT Surgeon and Maxillofacial Surgeon, where the patient will be admitted, treated and observed in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

How can we help?

We, at Maxivision Eye Hospitals, have set up an exclusive Early Detection Centre for the Black Fungus at our Somajiguda Branch. At this centre, we will have a team of

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ENT Surgeons

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Please note that this exclusive service is available only at our SOMAJIGUDA BRANCH. We urge all COVID-recovered patients to get tested for the Black Fungus immediately, as early detection can be extremely helpful.

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Listen to our Experts insight to Black Fungus

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Dr. Kasu Prasad Reddy

Founder & Co-Chairmen
Maxivision Eye Hospitals

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Dr. Vamshidhar

Phaco Refractive Surgeon
Maxivision Eye Hospitals

Maxivision Super Speciality Eye Hospitals

Raj Bhavan Road, Opp. Yashoda Hospital, Somajiguda, Hyderabad

Disclaimer: Mucormycosis Clinic in Maxivision is our efforts and support to identify the symptoms at an early stage with combined Ophthalmology, ENT and Microbiology specialities and guide the patient to appropriate treatments.

We, at Maxivision, in its yeomen service to people who need eye care, have taken this initiative with the pure intent of helping patients with early symptoms in the eye due to Black Fungus.

Maxivision does not have the capacity to perform advanced surgeries treating Mucormycosis, which require the services of a Neuro Surgeon. Also, In-patient infrastructure like ICU, Ventilators, etc., to keep patient under observation.

We, at Maxivision, have put together a team of specialists to identify the disease at an early stage, counsel and guide these patients through appropriate procedures and provide the evidence documents to the surgeons who will be treating them at multispecialty hospitals.