Times of India
07 May 2010
The dust cover might have sheltered the city from scorching heat, however, the high density of dust particles in the atmosphere has increased the incidence of allergies among masses. Doctors advise people to avoid undue exposure to the dusty winds and stay indoors during dust storms.
“Dust particles can cause allergies in eyes, respiratory system and the probability of asthma patients becoming unstable in–creases by nearly 25%,” said Dr Narendra Khippal, who is professor at SMS Medical College. “It is advisable to use sun shades and dual layer mask in case a person has to go out when the dust content is high in the atmosphere,” he added.
According to doctors, dust particles of 3–7 micron cause most of the respiratory allergies. “These particles stick to the cells of the respiratory system causing irritation, coughing and inflammation of the lungs,” Dr Khippal said.
“In case the patient has a history of bronchitis, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases they must be provided medical care,” he added.
The cases of allergic conjunctivitis are common during such weather; the symptoms are higher in people with other signs of allergic diseases such as hay fever, asthma and eczema.
Conjunctivitis is caused by antigens like pollen, dust mites or cosmetics and causes an inflammation of the mucous membranes covering the white of the eyes and the inner side of the eyelids, according to specialist doctors in city. It usually occurs in both eyes of the patient causing redness, itching and water flow.