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No marked rise in patients with allergy, respiratory complications post-Diwali: Doctors

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and respiratory complications were reported to hospitals on Thursday, but doctors said there was no marked rise in the number of such patients a day after Diwali even though air pollution rose to hazardous levels due to bursting of firecrackers.

People suffering from bronchial asthma, and other such ailments are more likely to develop respiratory complications during Diwali due to fumes and smoke.

"Patients having complaints of breathing problems and heart issues visited the facility even on Thursday," said a senior doctor at

"Patients with respiration-related complications and have been visiting AIIMS on other days too. There has been no marked rise in those as such," said a senior doctor at the hospital said.

hospitals have witnessed a rise in cases of respiratory and breathing complications due to pollution over the past a few weeks, with doctors advising them, especially children and the elderly, to stay indoors as much as possible.

"I am in fact writing it on prescriptions now, 'please don't move outdoor', and I feel bad, as children need to go out and play, but the air isn't just good for them," Anil Sachdeva, a pulmonologist and at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said.

Sandeep Nayar, & HOD, Respiratory Medicine, and at said the number of patients with respisratory complications have shot up and the severity of the too has increased.

"We have a spurt of almost 20 to 30 per cent patients in our OPD. One must try to cover themselves especially the face in order to avoid inhaling harmful particles. All vulnerable patients must vaccinate against and to lessen the chances of getting

"One should avoid early morning exercise/walk in smog as during exercise we tend to inhale more amount of air which is polluted and harmful at present. Patients suffering from respiratory must take their medication (inhalers etc regularly even if they don't have symptoms and should not stop without consulting their While going outside, one should wear a mask," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 22:45 IST
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