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Mucormycosis Causes & Risks


The fungus is often found in soil and decaying plants. It will not make most people sick. People are more likely to get the infection if they have a weakened immune systems.

Risk Factors

The following factors increase your chance of developing mucormycosis:

  • Having a weakened immune system caused by:
    • Diabetes
    • AIDS
    • Leukemia
    • Lymphoma
    • Recently receiving an organ transplant
    • Long-term steroid use
    • Treatment with deferoxamine (an antidote to iron poisoning)
    • Metabolic acidosis (too much acid in the blood)
  • Having a sinus infection
  • Having pneumonia
  • Having mucormycosis of the gastrointestinal tract, skin, and kidneys

Sinus Infection

Sinus Infection
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