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Delhi smog: Respiratory issues along with cases of asthma and allergies on the rise

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New Delhi: The smog that has set in post Diwali in the national capital Delhi, has begun to show its dark side, with more cases of people complaining of asthma, allergies, severe breathlessness and other respiratory problems.

As the city grapples with the worst smog to hit Delhi in 17 years, doctors and experts say that besides spike in fresh cases, health complications have aggravated in people having a history of asthma, allergy or other related ailments. “Earlier 15-20% pollution-related ailment cases were reported at our hospital. But now these have gone up to 60%.

“The most common problem is related to respiration. But this time we are seeing a rather large number of cases of severe breathlessness, coughing and sneezing and bronchiolitis due to the smog,” says Dr SP Byotra, senior consultant and chairman of the department of medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH).

“Children and elderly are the most vulnerable to infections and allergies due to smog and pollution. So, they should take extra care, and try not to venture during early morning and at dusk when the toxic level is highest,” Byotra says.

The high court has compared Delhi to a gas chamber, while the Centre has termed it an ’emergency situation’, calling a meeting of environment ministers of all neighbouring states tomorrow to curb stubble burning by farmers.

Apart from respiratory issues, residents of Delhi/NCR have also been complaining about burning eyes the moment one steps out of the house.

According to experts, it is estimated that over 20% of the world’s population suffers from allergic diseases such as allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis, atopic eczema and anaphylaxis. “We are seeing a rise of 60-70% in ailment cases related to pollution. Breathlessness, asthma, eye and skin allergies case have jumped. We are getting patients as young as a two-month-old baby who had bronchiolitis.

“People who had a history of or are predisposed to such ailments, such cases have also risen. Children getting affected more, as their immunological state is low. Besides, the infections are taking longer time to subside,” says Dr

Rahul Nagpal, Director and Head, Pediatrics, at Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj. “Children should as far as possible avoid venturing out in the open early morning and late evening, and peak hours of the pollution. The number of cases have increased due to the smog in the last few days,” says Dr V K Paul, pediatrician.

Asthma is a worldwide problem, with estimated 300 million affected individuals and global prevalence which ranges from 1-18% in different geographical regions. Air pollution is killing nearly eight lakh people annually in the South East Asian Region with India alone accounting for over 75% of the casualties caused by cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer, according to WHO.

According to a recent WHO report, a few Indian cities, including Delhi, Patna and Gwalior were identified as among the severely polluted cities in the world. Experts say global warming and pollution are among the major factors responsible for causing allergic ailments. Cases of asthma and allergy have also doubled at Apollo Hospital in south Delhi, with doctors saying cases of coughing, sneezing, and eye and skin allergy on the rise in the wake of thick smog that has engulfed the city for past few days.

ZNews India



15 Comments on "Delhi smog: Respiratory issues along with cases of asthma and allergies on the rise"

  1. onlooker on Sun, 6th Nov 2016 3:39 pm 

    The price of fossil fuel based economic growth. The entire world population has and will pay the price one way or the other for both economic growth and utilizing fossil fuels as a means for that growth. A fatal error. Perhaps we could have done it this way but with much less people. The combination of economic growth and population growth spells DOOM

  2. Dredd on Sun, 6th Nov 2016 3:46 pm 

    Thanks to Oil-Qaeda.

  3. Anonymous on Sun, 6th Nov 2016 4:28 pm 

    India has a pollution problem, who knew?

    Apparently, everyone

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi/four-out-of-top-five-polluted-cities-are-in-india-delhi-not-among-them/story-Gn2htcLbESB3BpeYJ4mY8K.html

  4. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 6th Nov 2016 8:29 pm 

    Air pollution?

    Well, that’s OK. They have too much population, it will naturally self-correct once they can’t breathe anymore?

  5. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 6th Nov 2016 8:31 pm 

    The liberals have it all wrong, when
    it comes to them thar giant windmills.

    What ya do is ya turn the wires around, so the generator is a motor instead. And then that great big fan, use it to blow the pollution away. Might take a bout a dozen of them to clean up Delhi.

    Them thar big wind mills aren’t good for nothing better than that.

  6. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 6th Nov 2016 8:33 pm 

    The Chinese could ship them lots of fireworks. If everybody was blowing off fireworks in the street, the smoke would get lots thicker.

  7. dooma on Sun, 6th Nov 2016 11:53 pm 

    Climate refugees are going to be the number one export from India in the near future.

  8. Kenz300 on Mon, 7th Nov 2016 5:21 am 

    Too many people create too much pollution and demand too many resources

    CLIMATE CHANGE, smog, pollution, declining fish stocks, droughts, floods, air water and land pollution, poverty, water and food shortages all stem from the worlds worst environmental problem OVER POPULATION

    Climate Change is real. It will be the defining issue of our lives.

    Yet the world adds 80 million more mouths to feed, clothe, house and provide energy and water for every year… this is unsustainable… and is a big part of the Climate Change problem
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    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/birth_control_permanent_methods/article_em.htm

  9. Dredd on Mon, 7th Nov 2016 9:45 am 

    If the Oil-Qaeda air doesn’t get us the Oil-Qaeda ocean will (Calling All Cars: The Case of the “Missing Six” – 5).

  10. cool on Mon, 7th Nov 2016 4:10 pm 

    Enjoy the smell of victory stupid fags. You could have improved the earth’s ecology and human genetics, but you made a hell on earth. Keep breeding you damned ugly degenerates.

  11. Go Speed Racer on Mon, 7th Nov 2016 8:19 pm 

    That was cool

  12. Apneaman on Mon, 7th Nov 2016 9:06 pm 

    India is not the only smog filled shit hole

    Drought, Climate Change Spur Severe Election Day Wildfire Outbreak Across Four-State Area

    “It’s November. A month when the United States should be cooling down toward winter-like conditions. But for the mountainous region along the four-state area bordering Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, the climate are anything but fall-like. There, enormous wildfires are now raging, spilling out massive plumes of choking smoke into the abnormally warm air over lands that have been flash-dried by climate change related heat.”

    “Flash drought is a new feature of climate change brought on by increasing rates of evaporation due to warming lands and airs. The extra warmth draws moisture out of soil and vegetation more rapidly and can spark the emergence of extreme conditions on short time-scales. The current flash drought was already causing problems in the Southeast before the recent spate of wildfires. However, given the intense, unseasonal warmth and the speed at which the lands have dried, the present fire outbreak represents a serious and unusual hazard for this time of year.”

    https://robertscribbler.com/2016/11/08/drought-climate-change-spur-severe-election-day-wildfire-outbreak-across-four-state-area/

  13. peakyeast on Tue, 8th Nov 2016 2:44 am 

    @cool: spot on. That is the quality of human leadership – that is: No quality.

  14. Davy on Tue, 8th Nov 2016 6:29 am 

    Ghung, you smellin smoke?
    “Drought, Climate Change Spur Severe Election Day Wildfire Outbreak Across Four-State Area”
    https://robertscribbler.com/

  15. Davy on Tue, 8th Nov 2016 6:33 am 

    “Flash drought”
    “Drought, Climate Change Spur Severe Election Day Wildfire Outbreak Across Four-State Area”
    https://robertscribbler.com/
    “Flash drought is a new feature of climate change brought on by increasing rates of evaporation due to warming lands and airs. The extra warmth draws moisture out of soil and vegetation more rapidly and can spark the emergence of extreme conditions on short time-scales. The current flash drought was already causing problems in the Southeast before the recent spate of wildfires. However, given the intense, unseasonal warmth and the speed at which the lands have dried, the present fire outbreak represents a serious and unusual hazard for this time of year.”

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