29 July 2010
‘6–14% Of Population Suffers From The Disease’
‘Monsoon triggered asthma attacks’ are on the rise this season with at least 20 per cent of the patients requiring hospitalisation. Attributing this to change in humidity levels, increase in pollens, fungal spores and rising air pollution levels, specialists say it is mandatory for asthmatics to adhere to medication at this time of the year.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Dr Sudheer Alapati, pulmonologist, Sunshine Hospital, said, “Humid weather is the worst period for asthmatics and they often find it difficult to keep their asthma under control during monsoon season. Monsoon results in increased viral upper respiratory tract infections, particularly among children.”
“It is a must that asthmatics use inhalers everyday as guided by the doctor,” Dr Sudheer added.
Breathefree, a public service initiative by Cipla, on asthma awareness was organised in the city on Wednesday. Around 100 asthmatics from the city participated in a mini–walkathon.
Specialists say that dust mites thriving in damp houses, accumulation of dander from pets and dogs also trigger asthma attacks. “Certain fruits which they are allergic to such as kiwi should also be avoided,” said Dr Sudheer.
A pulmonologists from the AP Chest Hospital estimated that asthma prevalence in the city varies from 6 to 14 per cent of the population. Alarmingly, 40 per cent of the out–patients in city hospitals are directly or indirectly related to asthma.
Dos & Don’ts
- Keep windows closed during pollen season
- Wash all bedding cloths in hot water, once a week
- Avoid carpets or vacuum them often. If your child has asthma, do not vacuum while he/she is in the room
- Dust all surfaces with a damp cloth often, including lamp shades and window sills
- Keep indoor plants out of bedrooms
- Restrict pet mobility inside the house