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What is a Black fungus (Mucormycosis) | How to stay away from Black Fungus | Dr Sanjeev Mohanty

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

As coronavirus infection has increased the risk of black fungus in the country, there is a need to create awareness for an early detection of the diseases and its cure. This is particularly common in patients with uncontrolled diabetes, on high doses of steroid, weak immunity or commorbidities. The vulnerability increases multiple fold with Covid - 19 infection.

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Black fungus (Mucormycosis) | Dr Sanjeev Mohanty


  • Abnormal black discharge or crust or blood from the nose

  • Nasal blockage, headache or eye pain

  • Swelling around the eyes, double vision, redness of eye, loss of vision, difficulty in closing eye, inability to open the eye, prominence of the eyes

  • Facial numbness or tingling sensation

  • Difficulty in chewing or opening mouth.

Self examination:

  • Full face examination in daylight

  • Look for asymmetrical facial swelling especially nose, cheek, around the eye

  • Black discoloration of skin

  • Pain on touch

  • Loosening of teeth

  • Black areas and swelling inside the mouth, palate, teeth or nose

What to do:

  • Immediate consultation with an ENT surgeon

  • Diagnostic nasal endoscopy in the ENT OPD is recommended

  • Post Covid recovery follow up as per schedule is a must

  • Continue the treatment as advised by the doctor

  • Monitor your blood sugar level daily, try to keep under control

  • Avoid self-medication at any cost

  • MRI or CT scan as per the specialist's advice only

For further queries about the infections, diseases, and treatments of the ear, nose or throat, Dr Mohanty’s Speciality ENT Clinics in Chennai, India can help in a number of ways,


Dr Mohanty’s Speciality ENT Clinics

Manapakkam, Chennai, India.

For Consultation: +91 97910 74677


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