With the onset of October heat, residents of Pune are encountering many viral diseases. When the post monsoon showers are still vising the city, differences in temperatures are making people from the city ill.
The temperatures are varying between hot and cold and during this transitory period, there is an increase in pathogens and allergens in the environment. Doctors have witnessed a rise in the cases such as running nose, common cold, infections of throat-nose-ear, upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis etc.
Dr Mahavir Modi, a Pune-based chest physician, said, “Half of the cases that we are seeing these days are post viral and allergic bronchitis cases. Since last two weeks, the city has witnessed many fluctuations in the temperature. After the cold weather and monsoon last month, we have started having hot afternoons. This leads to viral ailments. Patients are taking multiple courses of antibiotics. Intractable cough and post viral bronchitis are the common cases. We are advising patients to keep away from dust at home and to drink a lot of water.”
Dr Syed Pasha, head of emergency department at Jehangir Hospital, said, “With the change in weather, we are getting more patients these days who are suffering from viral ailments. Keeping oneself physically fit is needed.”
Precautionary measures suggested by doctors:
- Be careful while travelling outdoors.
- Avoid constantly switching between air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms or places.
- Gargle every day with warm salt water.
- Maintain personal hygiene.
- Wash hands before meals and after visiting toilet.
- Eat homemade food, up your protein intake and consume fruits.