Diwali dampener: Mumbaikars under the grip of viral and respiratory disorders

Mumbai is witnessing a sudden change in weather. In Diwali, the thrill of bursting firecrackers such as sparklers, bombs and rockets barely lasts for a few seconds, but the air and noise pollution which are created by them have a lasting impact on our health

Diwali dampener: Mumbaikars under the grip of viral and respiratory disorders
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The sudden change in weather and air pollution is taking a toll on the health of Mumbaikars health. Mumbaikars are making frequent trips to the hospital, due to high fever and upper respiratory tract infections. City doctors inform Mumbaikars to take charge of their health and act accordingly.

Dr Gautam Bhansali, who works as a consulting general physician at Bombay Hospital said, “The percentage of people suffering from viral infections, cold and cough has significantly gone up. I have been getting 30 to 40 per cent more patients than earlier. Drink lukewarm water and gargle, avoid consumption of cold food stuff and sweets.”

Dr Aditya Agrawal, a chest specialist at Bhatia Hospital said, “The number of patients with respiratory disorders has increased owing to the weather change. This year, the monsoon has been prolonged. Apart from that, there is the added increase in the number of vehicles. Though, minimal firecrackers were lit this year. The air pollution has also gone up significantly because of the vehicular pollution which is exacerbated by the change in weather. A lot of people visit me complaining of nasal allergies, asthma, bronchitis, allergic conjunctivitis and sore throat.”

He added, “There is 60 per cent rise in the number of patients who suffer allergies. So, cover your face and use public transport. Do not light firecrackers, burn paper or create bonfires. People who have allergies should take anti-allergy medications.”