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What are the best ways to prevent mucormycosis?

What are the best ways to prevent mucormycosis?

Your immunity: "mucor" is an invasive fungus that affects people with severe underlying illness like very poorly controlled diabetes, or immune suppression for transplants, and autoimmune diseases. Some malignancies (leukemias) can render your immune system ineffective. If you don't have these conditions or similarly severe illness, you'd be hard pressed to get mucormycosis even if you tried. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Mucormycosis (Definition)

Mucormycosis is a serious, invasive fungal infection in immunocompromised patients... Diabetes, hiv, post chemotherapy patients, etc. It needs immediate treatment.(powerful antifungals and even surgery can be needed on an emergency basis) see an ENT doc ...Read more


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What's the best treatment to get rid of mucormycosis?

What's the best treatment to get rid of mucormycosis?

Emergency: Mucormycosis is an invasive fungus which will only take hold in very sick people, advanced diabetes or the immunosupressed. If you suspect this problem, you need immediate evaluation and big time treatment. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of mucormycosis bad?

Are the symptoms of mucormycosis bad?

There can be none: "mucor" is actually several different fungi, and infection is almost restricted to people with impaired immunity, e.g. Immunosuppressive drugs, after transplants (bone marrow, or solid organ) or poorly controlled diabetes. When symptoms occur they reflect the organ involved, e.g. The lung, and coughing up blood is common as the bug invades blood vessels. Facial pain can suggest infected sinuses. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for mucormycosis?

What do you recommend for mucormycosis?

Surgery, anti-fungal: Treatment of mucormycosis involves a combination of anti-fungal therapy and surgical removal of involved tissues. It is also important to eliminate predisposing factors for infection, such as high blood sugar or drugs that suppress the immune system. Amphotericin b is the name of the anti-fungal medication that is most often used to treat mucormycosis. Treatment can sometimes last for months. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mucormycosis?

What is the definition or description of: mucormycosis?

Mucormycosis: Mucormycosis is a serious, invasive fungal infection in immunocompromised patients... Diabetes, hiv, post chemotherapy patients, etc. It needs immediate treatment.(powerful antifungals and even surgery can be needed on an emergency basis) see an ENT doc for an immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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I've developed mucormycosis. What should I be watching out for in the future?

Treatment: Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that typically attacks folks with compromised immune systems. If not treated aggressively, outcomes can be very bad. Treatment can include surgical debridement and systemic anti-fungal medications. You need to be faithful to complete whatever treatment to reduce your risk of a bad outcome. ...Read more

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Is mucormycosis curable?

Is mucormycosis curable?

Mucormycosis: In most cases, the prognosis of mucormycosis is poor and has varied mortality rates depending on its form and severity. Iv anti-fungal medicines, such as amphotericn b, and aggressive surgery should be done immediately to remove all dead and infected tissue. Surgery may involve removal of the palate, parts of the nose, or parts of the eye. The less extensive, the more chance of survival. ...Read more

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Will mucormycosis kill me?

Very risky: Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that commonly affects immunocoromised individuals. It has an extremely high death rate even when treated properly. The risk ranges between 25% and 85% depending on body part involved and underlying health. ...Read more

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What is rhinocerebral mucormycosis?

What is rhinocerebral mucormycosis?

Fungus infection: This is a life- threatening fungal disease that begins in sinuses destroying bone and flesh and spreads into brain. Treatment is agressive surgical to remove all the infected tissue. This occurs usually in patients with decreased immune systems i.e., diabetes, chronic steroid use, hiv. ...Read more

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Does mucormycosis usually cause many symptoms?

Mucormycosis: Rhinoorbitocerebral mucromycosis (most common type) usually presents as acute sinusitis with fever, nasal congestion, purulent nasal discharge, sinus pain, and headache. Spread to adjacent structures, such as the palate, orbit, and brain, usually progresses quickly. Other signs and symptoms include facial swelling, nasal ulceration, decreased vision, and ophthalmoplegia (eye movement problem). ...Read more