Tuesday 04 May 2021
Books – Sayed Metwally
Many new symptoms of the Coronavirus have appeared as the spread of Covid-19 and the increase in infections worldwide.
The latest reports have also revealed a rise in the incidence of mucositis in COVID-19 patients, whether they are in hospital or recovering, according to the timesofindia website.
What is mucositis?
Mucositis, formerly known as mycosis, is a severe fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucous fungi, spread in people with a chronic health condition or taking medications that weaken the body’s immune system, making it unable to fight germs and viruses.
The infection usually affects the sinuses, brain, or lungs, and thus it can be very common in people suffering or recovering from Corona.
The relationship between mycosis and Covid-19
SARs-COV-2 appears to target the body’s immune system, so the link between the deadly virus and mucosal disease is the case for weak immune responses in patients.
According to doctors and medical professionals, many COVID-19 patients have been exposed to potent medications ranging from antivirals to steroids, which has reduced the immune system of individuals suffering or recovering from the deadly virus, in addition, steroids can also affect glucose levels. In the blood, especially in already diabetics, these drugs in turn promote the growth of fungal infections.
Who is most vulnerable to infection
Patients with high blood sugar levels or a decrease in immune function are most susceptible to mucosal fungi, regardless of this, COVID patients who receive steroids and other drugs for coronavirus infection, that is, to treat and reduce infections, are at great risk, according to experts.
What are the symptoms associated with mycosis?
Mucositis can commonly affect areas such as the nose, eyes, brain, and sinuses, so recovering COVID patients should seek medical help when they encounter the following symptoms.
Swelling of the face
Pain and numbness.
Unusual discharge (bloody or black-brown) from the nose.
Nasal or sinus congestion.
Black lesions on the bridge of the nose or the top of the mouth.
Besides, people with pulmonary mucositis can experience symptoms such as: fever, cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath, which are also common in COVID-19 patients.
People who show signs of a mucous fungus infection should seek help from their doctors.
Antifungal medications may treat the condition, however, make sure they are prescribed by your doctors or a specialist, these are given intravenously or taken orally, in severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the infected dead tissue.