Mucormycosis is a life-threatening fungal infection.
A group of fungi cause mucormycosis. They're in soil, decaying plants or wood, and compost piles. The fungi enter the body through cuts in the skin or by inhaling it into the sinuses and lungs. Once in the body, the fungi can spread fast.
In healthy people, the body removes the fungi before problems start.
Your risk is highest if your immune system is weak. This can happen with:
Care will start right away even without a confirmed diagnosis. Medicines will fight the fungal infection. Surgery removes dead tissue. The earlier care starts, the faster you can be healthy.
The fungi are in many places, so they're hard to avoid. If you have a weak immune system, your doctor may give you medicines to prevent infection. Wash your hands regularly and avoid people who are sick.
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