After Black, White and Yellow Fungus, there’s a new fungal infection found in COVID patients- Aspergillosis.
Some patients in Mumbai and Ghaziabad who are currently infected with COVID or have recovered from the disease are showing symptoms of Aspergillosis.
- What is Aspergilliosis?
Aspergillosis is an infection, allergic reaction, or fungal growth caused by the Aspergillus fungus. The fungus usually grows on decaying vegetation and dead leaves. Exposure to the fungus doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’ll get aspergillosis. We all encounter the fungus everyday but it only people with weaker immune system or who have just recovered from some major health issues might catch this.
- What are the symptoms?
- Difficulty in Breathing
- Blood in urine
- Coughing and sneezing
- Pain in chest
- How can it be treated?
Oral or intravenous drugs like voriconazole (Vfend) can treat the invasive type of aspergillosis. If you have allergic aspergillosis, you may receive medication that suppresses your immune system, such as prednisone, along with antifungal drugs. Although the antifungal drugs can cause serious side effects later on.
Surgery in the form of lobectomy is the primary treatment. Surgery for aspergilloma is known to be risky because of massive hemorrhage during dissection and poor pulmonary reserve of the patient due to the underlying disease.