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Throat, respiratory ailments on rise, blame it on quirky weather

health-and-fitness Updated: Apr 04, 2013 00:58 IST
Himabindu Reddy
Himabindu Reddy
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A few spells of rainfall in the past few days have lead to a spurt in cases of throat infection and respiratory ailments in the city. Doctors in the health care hub have been witnessing a large number of such patients across all age groups.

According to doctors of some private hospitals, at least six out 10 patients come to them complaining about sore throat, throat pain and cough. “These are all viral infection cases. Sudden change in the weather condition over the last two weeks has led to the increase in the number of such patients. I see at least six patients of sore throat and fever everyday,” said Dr Satish Kaul, consultant internal physician at Columbia Asia Hospital.

Experts attribute the sudden rise in viral infection cases to the increased moisture in the air. Humid atmosphere facilitates transmission of germs from one person to the other. “This climate is best for breeding of germs and viruses. They are transmitted easily from person to person either by touch or through air particles, thereby giving rise to a host of respiratory illnesses,” said Dr Krishan Chugh, director and head of the peadiatrics department at Fortis Memorial Research institute (FMRI).

Besides, change in weather condition also leads to various types of allergies, particularly those of the respiratory tract. In April, the beginning of spring season, flowers start blooming, giving rise to flow of pollen grains in the air.

“At least three out of ten patients suffer from pollen grain allergy in Gurgaon. The symptoms are aggravated in those already suffering from this ailment. Adults cand children can be affected with this. The only way out is not to reduce medication,” said Dr Rajesh Bharadwaj, senior ENT consultant and cochlear implant surgeon, Artemis Health Sciences.

Hospitals also witness increase in food poisoning cases during this season.