Those with respiratory problems should stay indoors this Deepavali

Those with respiratory problems should stay indoors this Deepavali

Those with respiratory problems should stay indoors this Deepavali

Humidity combined with pollution caused by bursting firecrackers can turn into a dangerous cocktail for those with respiratory disorders, doctors warn.

Health experts also say that breathing issues, skin and eye irritation should not be ignored this festive season.

Speaking to Deccan Herald on the eve of Deepavali, Dr George D’Souza, HOD, Chest Department, St John’s Medical College Hospital said that as far as possible, those with respiratory problems must stay indoors. “Especially for those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, (COPD) the condition gets worse on exposure to. pollution.

In the recent years, the number of COPD cases have gone up in the City,” he added. Besides, he also said that seasonal changes made infections common. “To add to this, humidity levels can affect the asthmatic,” Dr Dsouza said. 

Pollen levels go up this season, leading to worsening of respiratory conditions, according to Dr K S Satish, Pulmanologist, Vikram Hospital. “Asthama, COPD and other such problems worsen as there is increase in sulphur dioxide and smoke,” he explained. Besides, he stated that the pollutants stay in the air for a week even after the festival.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board conducted an ambient noise level study, monitoring for short durations as per CPCB in at least 13 locations in the City during Deepavali 2013. Out of the 13 selected locations, which include residential, sensitive and industrial areas, Laggare Cross noted the highest increase at 11.8 per cent as compared to normal days.

Besides, it was rather saddening that an increase of 8.8 per cent was noted near Indiranagar ESIC Hospital, which is one of the hospitals in the City that sees a large number of patients. Vijaynagar Club, Fortis Hospital and Nagarabhavi noted an increase in about 6 per cent more than the normal days, the study revealed. Parisara Bhavan, Nisarga Bhavan and BTM Layout were the areas that recorded minimal variation.