Doctors at a private hospital in Ghaziabad said on Monday that one of their patients, a 45-year-old man who had recovered from Covid-19, had been diagnosed with skepticus mucus disease, or so-called ” yellow mushroom ”.
But the district health service said it was waiting for the patient’s histopathologic report (tissue test) for confirmation.
The patient arrived at the Raj Nagar District Center (DRC) hard ENT hospital on Sunday with post-Covid complications.
“It’s called yellow fungus because the affected area is yellow in color and has pus formation underneath. It is usually found in reptiles. It was detected by endoscopic examination of the patient’s nose, ”said Dr BP Tyagi, senior ENT surgeon at the hospital.
Dr Randeep Guleria, director of All India of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, told a press briefing on Covid in Delhi on Monday that terms such as ‘black, yellow and white fungus’ could be misleading and create confusion.
“Fungal infections, like black fungus, are a different family. Its culture has white colored fungal colonies and black dots. So in general terms it is declared as a black fungus. Usually we have mucormycosis (called “black fungus”) which is more prevalent these days. We also have infections like candida, aspergillosis, cryptococcus and histoplasm in addition to coccidioidomycosis, ”he said.
He added that most fungal infections these days are mucormycosis and aspergillosis (so called “white fungus”) along with some candida infections.
“So it is better to use correct names and labeling the same mushroom with different colored names can be confusing,” said Dr Guleria.
Ghaziabad Chief Medical Officer Dr NK Gupta said: “We spoke to the doctors at the hospital. We are awaiting the histopathological report, expected in a few days, ”added Dr Gupta.
So far, DRC hospital Raj Nagar is treating 27 patients with post-Covid complications of mucormycosis and invasive aspergillosis and three of them are said to have both.
“These are basically different types of fungal infections and these days they’re usually called based on their appearance (color). Yellow fungal infections mainly occur in unsanitary conditions or in humid weather conditions. It can also affect our vital organs and there is also pus formation. Most fungal infections occur in immunocompromised patients or those with a long history of treatment in addition to those with diabetes, ”said Dr Sanjeev Kumar Jain, consultant (ENT), Columbia Asia Hospital in Ghaziabad.