The rise in “black fungus” infections in India is thought to be connected to the use of steroids in seriously ill Covid patients.
Certain steroids have been found to be effective in treating those with advanced Covid symptoms.
They reduce inflammation in the lungs, as well as preventing the body’s immune system from going into overdrive when fighting off the virus.
Doctors believe that this drop in immunity could be triggering the explosion in murcomycosis cases.
Dr Akshay Nair, a Mumbai-based eye surgeon, told the BBC’s Soutik Biswas: “Diabetes lowers the body’s immune defences, coronavirus exacerbates it, and then steroids which help fight Covid-19 act like fuel to the fire.”
He said that in April alone he had treated 40 patients suffering from the fungal infection.
“We are already seeing two to three cases a week here,” she explained.
“It’s a nightmare inside a pandemic.”
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