Yellow Fungus – UPSC Prelims

Yellow Fungus:
  • Yellow Fungus is also called mucor septic. It is a fungal infection that medical experts say generally does not occur in humans but in reptiles.
  • Causes:
    • Poor Hygiene
    • High levels of humidity beyond the 30-40% range
    • Old food and improper disposal also contribute to the growth of the fungus.
    • Excess use of steroids is also a possible reason in Covid-19 patients.
  • Symptoms:
    • Symptoms of yellow fungus are laziness, loss of appetite, or no appetite at all and weight loss.
    • In serious cases, yellow fungus can also cause leakage of pus and slow healing of the open wound or necrosis in which cells in living tissue die prematurely.
  • More Dangerous:
    • Yellow fungus is much more dangerous as it starts off internally. Thus, its diagnosis is very difficult.
    • Therefore, it remains critical that patients seek help for their infection as soon as they start observing symptoms.
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