Diwali brings immense cheer and light to our lives and is one of the most awaited festivals of the year. But with the mounting pollution enveloping our cities a few days before and after Diwali (as has been the case last year) –unfortunately, it has also become one of the most dreaded festivals for patients with respiratory problems.
During and after Diwali, Delhi NCR virtually turns into a gas chamber spelling H-E-L-L for children, elderly and patients. Remember, last year the air quality index dropped to alarming levels and led to the decision of closing schools, power stations and construction sites till the air quality improved?
Every year, the spike in air pollutants (which also result in smog depending on the weather condition of the area) leads to various respiratory issues which may even turn out to be fatal. Such rise in poisonous fumes and harmful particles like lead, cadmium, manganese, zinc, sodium and potassium can last upto 20 days after Diwali and make patients with respiratory problems suffer a lot.
1. Upper Respiratory Tract Infection – The Post-Diwali period usually witnesses a surge in the number of people with complaints of irritation in the eyes and throat, dry cough and fever. While last year’s smog lingered in the atmosphere, many people who otherwise remain healthy, also experienced irritation in eyes and chest and a general feeling of suffocation.
2. Lower Respiratory Tract infection
While polluted air goes inside everyone’s respiratory tracts equally, elders, children and patients are especially vulnerable to developing respiratory problems during this time of the year. To stay safe, Dr. Hemant Goel, Sr. Consultant, Respiratory & Sleep Medicine of Asian Institute of Medical Sciences recommends the below precautionary measures for all.
Human life is above all and good health is a prerequisite of a happy life. AIMS urges everyone to celebrate Diwali responsibly this year- in a way which makes every face glow with a smile and does not put anyone at any kind of health risk.