Now, White Fungus, Which Is More Dangerous Than Black Fungus
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As the central government asks states to notify black fungus or mucormycosis an epidemic, an infection called white fungus has also been found to affect some people. These new cases of white fungus have been found in Patna, Bihar, and this infection is more dangerous than black fungus, Dr Arunesh Kumar, senior consultant & head respiratory medicine/pulmonology, Paras Hospital, tells.

~ What is white fungus?

White fungus, also known as candidiasis, is a serious fungal infection. According to the Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), white fungus or invasive candidiasis can affect the blood, heart, brain, eyes, bones, or other parts of the body.

~ What causes white fungus?

This infection can be caused due to low immunity, says Dr Kumar, or if people come in contact with things that contain these moulds like water, etc. “Thus sanitation is important,” he advises.

~ Symptoms of white fungus

“Patients of white fungus show Covid-like symptoms but test negative; the infection can be diagnosed through CT-Scan or X-ray,” the doctor says. The white fungus can affect not just the lungs but also other parts of the body including “nails, skin, stomach, kidney, brain, private parts and mouth”, he adds.

~ Why are COVID patients prone to white fungus?

According to the doctor, COVID-19 patients are more prone to white fungus as it affects the lungs and similar symptoms are created like that of coronavirus. “Those who have weak immunity like diabetes, cancer patients, and those who are taking steroids for a long period of time must take special care as they are more at risk. It is also affecting those coronavirus patients who are on oxygen support,” he says.

~ According to CDC, people who are at high risk for developing this infection include those who:

- Have spent a lot of time in the intensive care unit (ICU)
- Have a weakened immune system (for example, people on cancer chemotherapy, people who have had an organ transplant, and people with low white blood cell counts)
- Have recently had surgery, especially multiple abdominal surgeries
- Have recently received lots of antibiotics or steroids in the hospital
- Receive total parenteral nutrition (food through a vein)
- Have kidney failure or are on hemodialysis
- Have diabetes
- Have a central venous catheter

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It' s candidiasis
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