Welcome to India’s Air Pollution months. October onwards the National Capital Region is steeped in heavy, toxic smog.
If you recall, even up till a decade ago, this smog contained a light layer of dust and smoke that did not cause much discomfort, beyond an extra dose of caution while driving perhaps.
In the past few years, this smog has had a widespread and devastating health impact that all doctors have observed with growing dread.
As smog season descends, as a doctor I want to discuss some signs and symptoms of respiratory suffering that one may dismiss, and what we can do to fortify our lungs in a choking city.
Firstly, Watch your breathing carefully. It is absolutely normal, unfortunately, to witness a bit of discomfort and tightness as a result of severe pollution. But if this is coming in the way of your ordinary functioning and making even slight exertion impossible, go meet a doctor
Lung Cancer and Air Pollution
The most severe impact of toxic air is lung cancer and it is best managed when detected early. Here’s some signs you need to watch out for:
-cleaning with plants. Plants in indoor spaces have also been linked to lower stress levels and blood pressure.
Finally, we Indians account for a quarter of the world’s air pollution related deaths. It’s time to raise your voice and push the policy makers to take air pollution seriously.