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September 20, 2020
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Love is in the air? No, the pollution is!

Dolly Chopra

If you think love is in the air then you are absolutely wrong. Love is in the air but the air is highly polluted! You cannot go out to take fresh air early in the morning in Delhi-NCR.

Pollution levels which are alarming in the national capital Delhi have observed a sharp rise in the number of patients suffering from many health problems.

Including allergy, burning, itching, breathing problem, eye problems and many more. For Delhiites, breathing the air is like smoking 50 cigarettes a day.

Pollution has also shaved 3.2 years from the life expectancies of 660 million people in the country, according to one estimate.

Delhi’s odd-even rule is a success, it reduced half of the pollution and dangerous pollutants – the tiniest particles that come out of traffic exhausts and which can exacerbate health problems such as asthma, heart disease, and stroke – compared to the previous days.

Governments are blaming each other by playing ‘war of words’ for the cause of pollution, which is not the right solution for the same.

Masks, the only thing which is left for residents. The government distributed 5 million face masks to school children.

 

LOCALS SAY

One of the residents of Rohini, Sachin Kapoor said, “This pollution problem is very harmful to everyone living in Delhi or nearby areas, people except using cars should use cycles. I daily wake up early in the morning and see a lot of polluted air, there is no freshness in the air. I cannot take my children out early in the morning due to dangerous pollutants. I think we all should think about our future.”

 

Pallavi Dhawan, student–living in Faridabad said, “I am studying here at Faridabad’s University but I think this is my worst decision to come here. The whole is contaminated, whenever we leave our room we have to wear a mask and then only we can go out. My little cousin got breathing problem we took him to hospital and doctor said, “The children’s lung is in the budding stage, they are not mature, you should shift at some other place.” People should focus on their future.

DOCTORS SAY

  • Mostly cases are coming to doctors are of eyes allergy.

According to Ikeda Lal, an opthalmologist at the Delhi Eye Centre and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, pollutants and dust in the air is one of the major reasons for causing eye allergy and other related problems.

“We are observing an increase in number of patients coming to us with complains of redness, itching, watering in the eyes. Patients with pre-existing dry eyes are experiencing exacerbation due to high pollution,” Lal said.

He added that opthalmologists were observing almost increase of 30-35 per cent in the number of patients coming with eye-related problems.

“Due to increasing pollution, there is increase in the incidence of dry eye and ocular allergy. This is causing discomfort even in normal eyes and aggravates the eye complaints in eyes that are prone to dryness and allergies,” said Rajesh Sinha, Professor of Ophthalmology, AIIMS.

“If care is not taken immediately, some of these eyes can have reduced vision due to this problem as well,” he added.

Lal also said that people with complains of itching in the eyes are likely to suffer from allergic eye disease.

Patients with pre-existing dry eyes may experience excessive dryness, irritation and burning due to ocular surface inflammation.

In case of any eye related problems, consulting an ophthalmologist is recommended and exposure to polluted air should be minimized, the doctor said.

SUGGESTION TO DEAL WITH EYE ALLERGIES

To deal with eye related allergies caused due to pollution, Doctors suggests that do not rub eyes if they itch, wash eyes with clean water; repeat if it still feels uncomfortable, cold compresses also help in relieving mild itching.

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