Immunizing and staying hydrated can help in protecting our health this season states Narayana Health City

The erratic weather in the city is triggering a rise in number of people
suffering from Asthma

There is a 20% to 30% rise incidence of Asthamsince the last 2 weeks

The severity of seasonal viral infections have also seen a surge


25th November 2021:
The heavy downpour coupled with the
drop in temperature that the city had witnessed will have a ripple effect on
the health of the people states Narayana Health City. According to the doctors
at Narayana Health City, the cold weather that the city has been seeing is
conducive to viral replications and there has been a progressive increase in
the number and severity of asthma attacks. Similarly, due to water logging the
cases of dengue is also on a rise.


Elaborating about the impact of the weather on the health of the
people in Bengaluru, Dr. Mahesh Kumar,
Consultant, Internal Medicine, Narayana Health City, Bengaluru
, said, “There
is a 15% to 20% rise in number of patients being admitted with asthma attacks
in the last 2 weeks compared to same time last year. There is a surge in the
number of dengue and Chikungunya incidents. But what is worrying is the
severity of the infections. The severity of infections is higher especially in
the case of dengue the infection is relatively higher this time in those who
have had a history of COVID infection. Due to reduced cell mediated immunity in
patients recovered from COVID, the infection tends to cause more severe
symptoms, prolonged illness and sometimes dangerous drop in platelet counts to
as low as 20,000 and below calling for utmost care and strict following of
preventive measures.”


While cough, breathing difficulty and low grade fever are the
early symptoms of asthma attack. High fever, severe headache and joint pains which
doesn’t recede with oral paracetamol and home remedies are the symptoms for
dengue and Chikungunya.


Regular hand wash, social distancing and follow up with the doctor
and following their advice can help in bringing down the possibility of an
asthma attack. Further, as Influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations given at the
beginning of monsoon have shown to significantly reduce asthma exacerbations it
would be advisable for people who have a history of asthma to consider


Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes
instead of sandals, using mosquito repellents whenever possible, keeping windows
and doors closed during evening hours as the mosquitoes that carry the dengue
viruses are most active from dawn to dusk and keeping oneself hydrated by
drinking plenty of water and fresh fruit juices as well as eating fresh fruits are
recommended. Keeping yourself fit and active by practicing exercises and yoga
is also a good practice that can help keep infections at bay. Apart from
personal well-being keeping the buckets and drums that are used for storing
water always closed, cleaning out all empty flower pots, as it becomes the
breeding places for mosquitoes are other aspects that can help in preventing a
possible outbreak of mosquito borne diseases. In case anyone has a pet they
should ensure the water bowls are clean and kept empty during this season as
the held up water irrespective of big or small quantity can enable breeding of
mosquitoes that carry in infections.


Narayana Health City, Bengaluru:

Narayana Health City is located in Bommasandra, Bengaluru. It is
comprised of Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), a
superspecialty hospital for cardiology and cardiac surgery, and Mazumdar Shaw
Medical Center (MSMC), a multispecialty hospital for cancer care, neurology,
neurosurgery, nephrology, urology, and advanced multidisciplinary
intensive care unit (MICU). 


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