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Weather, harvest spur asthma cases

india Updated: Apr 18, 2011 00:26 IST
Eshani Mathur

The change in season has triggered a 50% increase in asthma cases, say doctors. During harvest season, with pollen in the air, the risk of asthma and related allergies rise.

“New patients are coming, including those who have never been diagnosed for asthma before. Even minor allergies can turn into asthma during this period,” said Dr Sushil Upadhyay, consultant pulmonologist, Artemis.

According to Dr Gulshan Grover, physician, Civil Hospital, the risk increases due to pollen and similar particles in the air just before summer. “People who suffer from skin allergies and swollen airways also get asthma attacks,” said Dr Grover.

This year, at least 15% cases were reported about people who have no medical history related with asthma or any other respiratory allergy. Some of these patients had to be hospitalised.

Some people also experience coughing, wheezing or breathlessness. Cough and cold, which are generally mistaken as

happening due to change in season, can also be symptoms of asthma.

According to doctors in the city, Asthma symptoms may vary over time, and also from individual to individual. Therefore, it is advisable to be aware of the disease and go for regular check-up. Even a minor allergy should be taken seriously.

Spasms happen above the baseline inflammation or swelling of the airways, which is also the basic cause. Some patients may experience episodic coughing without breathlessness or wheezing, while some may experience breathlessness or other symptoms only while exercising.