It is that time of the year, which people await the most! When the dusk of the night will be stunned by the colorful lights in the sky. It will fill you with momentary enthusiasm and celebratory excitement. But what follows later is a thick cloud of harmful smoke infusing with the air that you inhale.
Does that sound normal to you?
For people suffering from respiratory diseases and asthma, the celebration becomes a harrowing reality instead of just a casual fun. Smoke emanating from bursting firecrackers is just like adding fuel to the fire for asthmatic people. Here are some tips to help you avoid respiratory issues during Diwali.
- Avoid venturing out
Risking your health over temporary fun is not worth it! Avoid staying anywhere near bursting crackers. Smoke released from crackers has pollutants like carbon monoxide and Sulphur dioxide. These gases can prompt a sudden asthmatic attack. Also, close all the windows to keep your protected from the smoke of crackers.
- Keep a scarf or handkerchief handy
Always keep a handkerchief or a scarf with you. If you have no other option but to keep a watch on your kids or other family members while they are having a time of their lives, you can do so by covering your mouth and nose. This will protect dust and smoke from entering your nostrils.
- Carry your inhaler
It is always better to be safe than sorry. Never ever take a risk of going out without an inhaler. It will come to your rescue when you feel breathless. And if the things go out of hand, you can use it on your way to doctor. Although, exposing yourself to pollution, dust, and smoke is not recommended at any time. Especially, if you are an asthmatic patient, inhaler should be as important for you as a mobile phone.
- Inhale steam for decongestion
If you experience some decongestion or uneasiness, inhaling steam would instantly give you relief. Placing hot water bag on your chest and back will give you guaranteed respite from irregular breathing.
- Don’t eat oily foods
There are a lot of delicacies lying around in your kitchen and you want to gulp down all of it.
Stop. Yes, it is Diwali! Yes, it comes once a year! But stop!
Eating oily stuff will make you feel suffocated and if you still want to do the honors, have it in moderation or only one or two bites in a day should suffice.
Rush to the doctor if you still feel breathlessness and uneasiness. Also, avoid drinking and smoking. Have a happy, safe, and asthma free Diwali!