With the city’s temperature sharply rising in the past two days, city doctors are seeing a sudden rise in the number of patients with respiratory tract infections.
“There is a rise of chest infections and pneumonia. In the past 10 days the dust level in the air has gone up. The dust settles in the body, giving rise to infections. Besides that, the heat is conducive for bacterial and viral growth that leads to various infections,” said Dr Pratit Samdani, consultant physician at Jaslok Hospital.
Dr G Manoj, a general physician in Mulund, said there was a 20% to 30% rise in cases of chest infection and upper respiratory disorders. “It takes time for the body to adapt to a change in temperature. When the immunity of the person is low, the person falls sick with such infections,” said Dr Manoj.
Children and older people who have lower immunity are more affected. “With the change in weather, both children and senior citizens who have lower immunity are coming to my clinic complaining of cold and cough,” said Dr Krishnakant Dhebri, a general physician who practices in Churchgate.
The office-going population has also been affected owing to repeated exposure to heat and air-conditioned office environments. “Many office goers are complaining of chest congestion, body ache, watering of the eyes, and respiratory tract infections. No acute case has come so far,” said Dr Falguni Parikh, internal physician, Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital.
People suffering from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have found some relief. “The cold weather is tough for them,” said Dr Jaising Phadtare, consultant chest physician, Sushrusha Hospital.