Aspergillosis cases come to India after black, white fungus, know symptoms, causes and prevention - Newztezz Online


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Aspergillosis cases come to India after black, white fungus, know symptoms, causes and prevention

After the Black and White Fungus, a new Fungus has emerged in the symptoms after recovering from COVID-19. 
A new fungus known as 'Aspergillosis' has been reported in Vadodara district of Gujarat. A total of 8 cases of infection were reported on 27 May. Here you need to know about it.

What is aspergillosis

Aspergillosis is a fungal growth caused by an infection, allergic reaction, or Aspergillus fungus, which usually grows on dead leaves and rotting vegetation. Although, we come across fungus almost daily, it is not very common to contract the disease. This makes it more likely to infect people with a weakened immune system or lung disease — both of which are common in COVID-19 patients.

Types and symptoms of aspergillosis-

1. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA): shortness of breath, cough, fever, wheezing

2. Allergic Aspergillus sinusitis: runny nose, decreased smelling capacity, stuffiness, headache.

3. Aspergilloma: shortness of breath, cough, coughing up blood

4. Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis: Fatigue, Weight Loss, Breathing Difficulty, Cough Blood

5. Invasive Aspergillosis: This usually occurs in people who are already ill with other medical conditions like COVID-19. Its symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, cough and coughing up blood. However, other symptoms may develop if the infection spreads from the lungs to other parts of the body.

How does aspergillosis occur?

One of the leading causes of many fungal infections in COVID-19 patients is steroid use and low immunity. Another contributing factor may be the non-sterile water used to hydrate the oxygen supply.


It is advised to avoid areas with excessive dust and avoid activities that involve contact near soil or dust. Also, if you have a high risk of developing invasive aspergillosis (due to organ transplant or stem cell transplant), your doctor may prescribe medication to prevent infection. Taking early tests for infection through blood test can also benefit.


While aspergillosis is usually treated with voriconazole, according to media reports recently doctors have been treating patients with an antifungal drug - isavuconazole. If the infection is not cured by treatment, then the guidance of experts is needed for this, including antifungal-resistant infection.

Disclaimer - This article is based on research conducted for the purpose of information and does not replace professional medical advice. Anyone with symptoms is advised to consult a medical professional or healthcare provider.

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