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Breathe safe this Festive Season

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Dr Hirenappa Udnur, Consultant- Pulmonology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal

Festivals are certainly a reason to celebrate but it is also significant to ensure a safe celebration. With growing air pollution in the city, the citizens are already grappling with respiratory troubles and usage of firecrackers sparkles and many more such objects during the upcoming season can certainly add to their respiratory woes.

Firecrackers used in the festival play major role in environmental pollution and most often than not, the smoke from these celebrations, especially Diwali, results in smog, causing breathing problems. Exposed individuals may be at risk following inhalation of such produced pollutants. During Diwali, cardiac & respiratory problems (pulmonology) are on the rise due to excessive usage of these objects and will intensify the trouble for patients already suffering from lung and heart diseases, blood pressure and diabetes.  Moreover, the climate also changes during this time and patients with bronchial asthma are more prone to developing infections.

Pulmonology is an area of medicine that focuses on the health of the respiratory system, including the lungs and bronchial tubes. The toxic substances used in the firecrackers release toxic gases that are harmful to the health of all living beings. 

Dr Hirenappa Udnur, Consultant- Pulmonology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal shares simple measures to safeguard yourself from excessive air pollution during the festive season:

·       Stay close to trees and greenery

·      Avoid travelling in open transport

·       Use a pollution mask every time you are set to go out

·       Avoid exercising outdoors

·       Drink plenty of water which helps in flushing out the toxins from your body

·       Eat foods that boost your immunity such as Vitamin C rich citrus fruits.

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