Staying safe and allergy free this Diwali

 

8210-on-head_D_2Diwali is fast approaching. While this is a joyous festival, for many of our elders, this is a time of great trepidation.

After all, Diwali is inextricably entwined with fireworks, and this means heightened levels of pollution that can lead to breathing difficulties and chest infections. For people with weakened immunity, having asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Diwali can be extremely taxing.

So here are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your dear ones from the pollution:

  1. Avoid going out
  2. If possible stay inside an air-conditioned room. Ensure that the air-conditioner’s inlet vent is in closed position, so that it does not suck in outside air but keeps the same room air circulating. Most air-conditioners have a setting for this.
  3. Wear a mask. A N95 approved particulate respirator mask that covers the nose and mouth should do the trick. All the toxic particles released by bursting firecrackers will be blocked by this mask ensuring that none of it enters your lungs.
  4. If you suffer from asthma or bronchitis, make sure you have your inhalers and medication ready and with you at all times.
  5. If noise is an issue, get earplugs. Disposable soft earplugs that are gentle on the ears are available.
  6. If you wear hearing aids, this may be a good time to remove them or switch them off. [At least when you are at home and in a safe environment].
  7. Take all your regular medicines without fail.
  8. Drink plenty of fluids
  9. Encourage family, especially children, to reduce quantum of purchase of fireworks
  10. Call your doctor immediately if:
  • You have shortness of breath or wheezing that is rapidly getting worse.
  • You are coughing more deeply or more frequently, especially if you notice an increase in mucus (sputum) or a change in the color of the mucus you cough up.
  • You cough up blood.
  • You have increased swelling in your legs or abdomen.
  • You have a high fever (over 100 degrees).
  • You feel severe chest pain.
  • You develop flu symptoms.
  • You notice that your medicine is not working as well as it had been.
  • You use oxygen at home and feel like you need more. Use only the amount
  • recommended by your doctor. In some people with COPD, too much oxygen can
  • be dangerous.

Here’s wishing you a happy and healthy Diwali!  To buy the mask please visit our site.

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