Bad air quality, sudden rains wreak havoc on the health of Mumbaikars

In the past few days, Mumbai was dealing with bad air quality. While today morning, Mumbaikars woke up to light rain. The sudden temperature fluctuations can take a toll on people's health. It can increase the risk of viral fever and infections. It can be more problematic for people who suffer from asthma. Health experts say that this can lead to a rise in respiratory illnesses

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The weekend showers are also likely to help improve the air quality in the city, which has been deteriorating since monsoon’s departure.

While Mumbai’s Air Quality Index (AQI) remained well below 50 during monsoon, it shot up to 111 for the first time in four months on Wednesday, October 16, according to System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) records. This put the air quality levels in ‘moderate’ category, which poses a health concern for sensitive people.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good,’ 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory,’101 and 200 ‘moderate,’ 201 and 300 ‘poor,’ 301 and 400 ‘very poor,’ and 401 and 500 ‘severe.’

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sandeep Sonawane, a general physician from Mumbai, said, “The air quality in Mumbai has been bad since the past few days in Mumbai. Unseasonal rains were witnessed in the city today morning. The constant temperature fluctuations can cause viral infections.”

He added, “Each day, I see more than 30 patients. I have seen cases of upper respiratory tract infections, cold, loose motions, gastroenteritis, etc. This kind of weather can be very problematic for people who are suffering from asthma. I have also seen cases of viral fever and dengue.”

Doctors advise people to take necessary precautions to keep the allergies and infections at bay.

“Untimely rains lead to settlement of particulate matter increasing the risk of respiratory infections. This aggravates diseases like asthma, bronchitis and so on. The best way is to not venture out in such unpredictable conditions,” said Dr Pratit Samdani, General Physician from Jaslok Hospital.