How Air Pollution can lead to Asthma
POLLUTION
20 Sep 2019

It’s that time of the year again when you need to take out your anti-pollution masks if you are living in Delhi NCR. Why, you ask? Since, Diwali is just around the corner, the city will be filled with smog and air pollutants, making is difficult for you and your loved ones to breathe.

Delhi happens to be one of the most polluted cities in India with the highest amounts of tiny suspended particles. These particles penetrate deep into the airways and lungs and can cause asthma, bronchitis and other breathing conditions. Air pollution poses a major threat to global health today and there is no doubt about this. 

According to a report released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), 30 percent of premature deaths in the country are caused due to air pollution. Delhi, the capital of India has been in the news on and off due to its severe air pollution, leading to poor air quality in and around the city.

India is a growing country and there is always some construction work going on in the city. Also due to lack of awareness, people don’t use public transport as much which leads to more traffic and in turn more pollution from those vehicles.

In addition to all this, festivals like Diwali also add up to the increasing air pollution scenario. Even after constant reminders from the Government and NGOs, people still use firecrackers and end up polluting the air which in turn affects them and their family members.

While there is no concrete evidence that air pollution is one of the causes of asthma, air pollution is certainly one of the leading triggers of asthma that can further lead to an attack. In 2015, according to a poll conducted by Curofy, 82% of the health experts agreed that there is a direct relation between asthma and environmental pollution. In the metro and other emerging cities, air pollution is one of the main factors that worsen the symptoms of asthma, along with other respiratory conditions, causing increased bouts of breathing problems and lung infections.  

If you have asthma, your airways are hypersensitive. Elements in the polluted air can cause inflammation and narrowing of the airways, leading to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Smog, along with other air pollutants can also lead to irritation in the eyes, the throat and even in the lungs. This situation can be treated with first aid solutions such as breathing exercises, asthma inhaler and portable oxygen cans for breathing issues.

How to avoid this:

  • Consult a doctor regularly and get yourself a personalized asthma plan. 
  • Have a fair idea about the pollution level and the trends. Refer to local news channels or sources that can warn you when air pollution is high. 
  • Pollution levels are higher during the day or during rush hours. So it’s best to avoid those timings and start early in the day.
  • Use oxygen cans such as MyOxy in case of emergency and as a first aid when suffering from breathlessness.
  • Make sure your child carries a can of portable oxygen in their school bags during months with increased pollution in case of emergencies.
  • Whether you are a homemaker or a working professional, make sure you keep MyOxy in your car and at home to avoid any situations that 

This year, make sure you say no to firecrackers and other pollution causing agents on Diwali. Also, instead of the usual sweets and gifts, gift your loved ones Myoxy, to help fight the effects of pollution!

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