Changing weather plays spoilsport

Rising Ailments

Changing weather plays spoilsport

The fluctuating weather conditions in the City are giving rise to an increasing number of ailments. This includes respiratory and water-borne diseases

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Dr Dwijendra Prasad, consultant internal medicine with BGS Global Hospitals, says that viral illnesses like cold and cough are on the rise. “There are many cases of cold and cough apart from asthma cases.

Also, mosquito-borne diseases have been on the rise in the past week. I’ve seen four cases of dengue last week,” says Dwijendra. He adds that a rise in gastroenteritis and food poisoning cases are anticipated.

Water-borne diseases like dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis are also increasing, points out Dr Rajeeva Moger, MD (general medicine), Apollo Hospitals. “I’ve seen four cases of typhoid in the past month. Consuming cooked or boiled food and drinking clean water are the only ways to ward off these ailments,” he says.

Rajeeva adds that when one is eating outside, one should consume piping hot food that is just off the pan. The chances of health hazards due to bacteria will be minimal then. Rajendra Kumar, a young professional, has been suffering from itching in the eyes since the City has become warmer. “I feel like rubbing my eyes a lot. When it’s hot and if I’m outside, it becomes worse,” he says.

Dr HV Srinivas, medical director and chief surgeon of Aditya Netralaya, says that when it is too hot, it’s best to wear eye protection like dark glasses. “One should also blink frequently. There are different types of pollens released when seasons change and people are allergic to such dust. This can cause itching in the eye, watering, irritation and even allergic conjunctivitis,” he details. 

Srinivas adds that one needs to splash water in the eyes and avoid rubbing the eyes when such ailments occur. “Dryness in the eyes is something commonly seen when it’s warm and I’ve already seen about 100 such cases in the past month,” he states.”

Other ailments like skin rashes are also common when weather changes. “I have pinkish red rashes on my face now. This weather change in the City is causing the skin to dry a lot,” says Reshma Chakrapani, a student. 

Dr Radhakrishna Bhat, consultant dermatologist of Dr Malathi Manipal Hospital, says that cases of skin rashes are on the rise now. “The exposed parts of the skin dry up much faster when weather changes and one can experience roughness. I have been seeing one to two cases of skin rashes everyday for the past few weeks,” says Radhakrishna.

Ask him what can be done for weather-related skin ailments and he says that unless the condition is intense, regular moisturising of skin and cleansing are the requisites. Doctors also say that people with immunity issues are more exposed to weather-related health risks.

“High-protein food like fish, chicken, milk and milk products, sprouts, legume, different types of dal, and food high in Vitamin A and C should be consumed to keep such ailments at bay,” says Dr Shalini, a dietician with Fortis Hospitals.

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