MaxiVision Eye Hospitals group has launched “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” at its Somajiguda Branch in Hyderabad to identify the virulent fungal infection in its initial stage preventing it from aggravating further and becoming fatal. Early detection and treatment of mucormycosis or black fungus can save many lives averting it from turning into lethal, a company statement informed.
The Early Detection Centre has a team of doctors who examine the patient first to ascertain if it is mucormycosis (black fungus). The team includes an ophthalmologist, ENT specialist and microbiologist. If the examination by the team of doctors confirms the infection of black fungus, then the team will cross-examine the level and severity of the infection, etc. The infected patients will be referred to government hospitals where the treatment for mucormycosis is available.
Speaking on the launch, Dr Kasu Prasad Reddy, Chief Surgeon, Founder and Mentor and Co-Chairman, MaxiVision Eye Hospitals, said, “Mucormycosis or black fungus is an aggressive fungal infection, acquired primarily via inhalation of fungal spores in immunity weak hosts or through direct entry during trauma. The Early Detection Centre will provide comprehensive eye check-ups, ocular and orbit diagnosis, ENT consultations, microbiologist consultations, biopsy tests, pathology tests and radiology support.
He added, “Mucormycosis can severely affect the eyes of the patient and it is my earnest request that anyone who experiences discharge from the eyes should immediately contact an eye specialist and get their eye-check-up done. This is essential for those patients who have recently recovered from C-19.”
Some of the common symptoms of mucormycosis are nasal discharge and stiffness, black discolouration of the nose, toothache, jaw pain, prolonged fever, headache and facial edema (swelling). However, there are some other symptoms that relate to the eyes, like swelling and pain in and around the eyes, and a thick discharge from eyes.
Elaborating more on the same, Dr Anil Kumar Bathula – Medical Director, MaxiVision Eye Hospitals, said, “Some of the ways to prevent black fungus would be to avoid repeated use of cloth masks without sterilisation or wash, avoid consuming rotten vegetables and fruits, cleaning air conditioners and cooler filters regularly, doing steam inhalation regularly, keeping environment clean to avoid fungal growth in clothes, vegetables, furniture, etc., good control of blood sugar levels, using antibiotics and antifungals judiciously, using steroids and other medicines judiciously observing regular time and dose, etc. Post-C-recovered patients are advised to have regular comprehensive eye check-ups done.”
The statement also mentioned that patients can reach out to the doctors at 9390110000 for more details.
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