Pune: Respiratory health related queries increase by 40 per cent post-Diwali
Dip in temperature, fear of the novel coronavirus, the Diwali festival which witnesses bursting of firecrackers and drop in air quality in Pune city is propelling queries related to respiratory disorders.
With experts pointing out the link between air pollution and increased risk of contracting COVID-19, more and more people are consulting doctors about respiratory problems.
Just a few days after Diwali festival, the number of people complaining about respiratory problems has gone up by 40 per cent.
Dr Arun Suradkar of Columbia Asia Hospitals informed. After bursting crackers, the toxic substances such as sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide are released in the air leading to respiratory issues amongst children and those with comorbidities.
Dr Mahesh Lakhe said, "General complaints such as breathing issue, running nose, throat infection, asthma are on the rise. Due to pollution, bacteria may also lead to pneumonia. Those suffering from cancer or lung problems may witness severe asthma or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)."
Dr Nitin Abhyankar, Pulmonologist, said, "Every year, post Diwali celebrations, cases of respiratory issues surge. Though this year, there was a decrease in bursting firecrackers, the change in air has led to more complaints about respiratory disorders."