Doctors diagnose the first case of Green Fungus (Aspergillosis) in India – Times of India

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Post-COVID recovery requires a lot of care and caution. Not paying enough attention to your body after recovering from COVID can lead to various other problems. Mucormycosis aka black fungus has been one of the deadly infections which have been troubling many people after their recovery.

After mucormycosis, cases of white fungus and cream fungus were also detected. Now, a 34-year-old COVID-19 survivor has been diagnosed with green fungus infection in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He has been shifted to another hospital in Mumbai for better treatment.

Dr Ravi Dosi, HOD of Chest Diseases Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) said that the man who recovered from COVID-19 underwent a test as he was suspected to have the deadly mucormycosis infection. But he was instead found to have been infected with green fungus (Aspergillosis), an infection in his lungs, sinuses and blood.

More research is required to know if the green fungus infection in people recovering from COVID-19 is different from other patients.

The man in question had caught COVID and it had impacted his lungs severely. He was treated in ICU for almost a month and had become very weak due to extreme weight loss.

Here is more about green fungus (Aspergillosis)


Aspergillosis is an infection caused by Aspergillus, which is a common type of fungus that lives indoors and outdoors. Most people breathe in Aspergillus spores every day without getting sick. However, people with weakened immunity or lung disease are at higher risk of catching the infection.

Symptoms


Different types of aspergillosis have different types of symptoms.

The symptoms of
allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) are similar to that of asthma and include wheezing, shortness of breath, cough and fever.

Symptoms of
allergic Aspergillus sinusitis include stuffiness, runny nose, headache and reduced ability to smell.

Symptoms of
Aspergilloma (fungus call) include cough, coughing up blood and shortness of breath.

Symptoms of
chronic pulmonary Aspergillosis include weight loss, cough, coughing up blood, fatigue and shortness of breath.

Is aspergillosis contagious?


No, it cannot spread from one person to another or from animals to humans.



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