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Pollen laden dust storm, rising humidity aggravate ailments

Allergy specialists in the Capital maintain that the recent duststorms have increased cases of respiratory ailments, particularly asthma, reports Vidya Krishnan.

delhi Updated: May 08, 2008 01:54 IST
Vidya Krishnan

Just the heat was bad enough, but coupled with the pollen-laden duststorm, it is wreaking havoc on asthmatics. Allergy specialists in the Capital maintain that the recent duststorms have increased cases of respiratory ailments, particularly asthma.

According to experts, sudden change in temperature in the last four days has made matters worse for patients with respiratory ailments.

“Most of these respiratory disorders are triggered by multiple factors. Changes of temperature and the resulting stuffiness has made is difficult for asthmatics,” said Dr Randeep Guleria, Pulmonary Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“There is a moderate increase in the number of patients coming in with respiratory disorders. Those who already have respiratory ailments like bronchitis, asthma etc, the dust has aggravated their condition,” said Dr Nevin Kishore, Department of Pulmonology, Max Healthcare.

According to the doctors, staying indoors is the best way to avoid the respiratory ailments.

“People should avoid going out in a dust storm as far as they can. If they have to go out, they should buy surgical masks and keep their medications handy, added Dr Kishore.

Another reason causing triggering of the upper resiratpry disporders in the sudden change is humidity level.

“Different types of fungi and dust mites growing rapidly in humid conditions are being witnessed these days.,” said Dr Kishore.

“The humidity is also the triggering factor in many cases. In summers, most people use air conditioners or coolers, which increases the humidity to alarming levels, triggering asthma attacks,” he added.