Mucormycosis and Ivermectin: What to Know

Ivermectin treats Mucormycosis

Mucormycosis, also known as “black fungus” or zygomycosis, refers to several diseases caused by fungi from the Mucorales order. This infection can be life-threatening, especially with risk factors such as high blood glucose.

As a rule, those whose immune system remains critically weakened for a long time can have this disease. People who have recently recovered from COVID-19 can also get this infection.

Pathogenic microorganisms penetrate the human body through burns, cuts or other damage to the skin. When inhaled, they can affect the lungs or sinuses. Microorganisms can spread through the blood system and then affect different organs and systems of the body.

Mucormycosis has various symptoms and forms depending on the location of the infection. The most frequent symptoms include:

  • Drowsiness.
  • Headache.
  • Vision impairment.
  • Eye swelling.
  • Increased body temperature.
  • Feeling of weakness.
  • Chest pain.

Anyone with weakened immunity and suspected of having mucormycosis should seek immediate medical help.

Mucormycosis can be treated with Ivermectin

Oral tablets containing the active ingredient Ivermectin aren’t approved for the treatment or prevention of mucormycosis. We found no information on the current clinical trials on the effectiveness of this drug for mucormycosis.

We found references to using Ivermectin with long-term mucormycosis to prevent strongyloidiasis. For this, a single oral dose is usually used. A doctor prescribes the size of the dose.

As for well-proven methods of treating mucormycosis, they include such drugs as:

  • Isavuconazole;
  • Posaconazole;
  • Amphotericin B.

Important information! The treatment should be under the strict control of a doctor; no self-treatment is allowed.

Conclusion

Mucormycosis is a rare, acute and rapidly progressing and sometimes fatal infection. Although it is a fairly severe infection, the prognosis for therapy is good if you start and properly administer treatment.

Never use Ivermectin or any other medicines unless recommended by a doctor. If symptoms of the disease appear, you should immediately contact your doctor for qualified help.