The world witnessed many cases with Mucormycosis more than usual in the last period. SO, is there a relationship between Covid-19 and Mucormycosis?
Mucormycosis, a very rare infection, formerly known as zygomycosis, is caused by the many fungi that belong to the fungal family “Mucorales“. Fungi in this family are usually found in the environment, they are considered opportunistic, meaning they usually infect people with an impaired immune system, or with damaged tissue. It affects the sinuses, the brain, and the lungs and can be life-threatening in diabetic or severely immunocompromised individuals, such as cancer patients or people with HIV/AIDS. Also, using drugs, which suppress the immune system such as corticosteroids, can lead to impaired immune function, as can a range of other immunocompromising conditions.
The doctor believes mucormycosis, which has an overall mortality rate of 50%, maybe triggered by steroids, a life-saving treatment for severe and critically ill Covid-19 patients. They reduce inflammation in the lungs for Covid-19 and appear to help stop some of the damage that can happen when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive to fight off coronavirus. However, they also reduce immunity and push up blood sugar levels in both diabetics and non-diabetic Covid-19 patients.
Therefore, some of those recommendations to the occurrence of any new.
Do not describe Steroids for the covid-19 patients unless under close observation in hospitals or for people suffering from severe symptoms.
If you are dealing with patients who have symptoms of a stuffy and bleeding nose; swelling of and pain in the eyelids; blurred and finally loss of vision. – Not to take symptoms lightly and request a CT scan to rule out infection with the fungus and follow up soon.
In addition, if you confirm the diagnosis, Convert cases to specialized centers to receive treatment to take a chance to save the maximum life and then save the remaining tissues.
May Allah save all of us.