Diwali is just around the corner and people wait for this time of the year to celebrate and enjoy the festival of light. Nevertheless, there is a drawback attached to the bursting firecrackers on Diwali. It leads to sudden variations in air quality, and pollution levels rapidly rise. This brief joy of bursting firecrackers can cause terrible consequences for people, especially for those who suffer from asthma. Asthmatic people need to take additional precautions during Diwali to avoid complications related to pollution and worse air quality. Here are some important preventive measures that need to be followed during and after Diwali.
Asthma patients need to keep their inhalers handy when pollution levels shoot up during Diwali. Therefore, it is crucial to use inhalers as recommended by healthcare providers. Using facemasks is one of the best methods to protect the lungs from being affected by high pollution. Asthmatic people should try to stay indoors during peak hours of air pollution. Higher levels of AQI can lead to asthma attacks therefore, people should avoid going outside or to crowded places if possible to evade direct exposure. Sweet dishes are one of the key attractions on Diwali, however, asthma patients should avoid the intake of artificial sweeteners and too many sweets. Asthma patients should eat a healthy diet to sustain good overall health. It is crucial to have adequate ventilation through air purifiers in the house. People should keep doors and windows closed to prevent outside pollutants from coming into the house.
Breathing exercises can improve people’s lung capacity. People should include this in their daily life. Practicing some breathing exercises can help ease the deadly effects of pollution. People should try to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali and stop bursting damaging crackers that result in air and sound pollution. The bursting of firecrackers releases many dangerous air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, Sulphur dioxide, and small particulate matter, they are easily soaked up by the respiratory system and can lead to shortness of breath and asthma attacks among asthma patients.