Dust storms: 4 health hazards and how to protect yourself

The dust storm covered New Delhi almost like a blanket on Tuesday. Air quality has dropped and visibility has dropped to 1,000 meters. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the dust storm in New Delhi is likely to extend to Rajasthan and Haryana for a few days. It’s good to take extra precautions to protect yourself from health problems. Let’s look at the side effects of a dust storm on your health if you’re not careful.

Health Shots caught up with Dr. Suneel Nagar, Consultant Respiratory, Asian Fidelis Hospital, Greater Faridabad, and Dr Amit Bangia, Associate Director of Dermatology, Asian Hospital, Faridabad, Haryana, to understand how dust storms can affect your health.

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Dust storms are bad for health! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

How does a dust storm affect your health?

When the air you breathe contains harmful particles It could ultimately affect your health.

1. Allergies

Dust storms can cause allergic reactions in patients with asthma. Dr. Nagar emphasizes that exposure to harmful particles can trigger an allergic reaction. This can lead to asthma/asthma exacerbations. If left unattended It can lead to life-threatening breathing problems.

Read more: Allergic Asthma: 3 Effective Ways to Protect Yourself From Wheezing and Coughing

2. Coronary artery complications

Exposure to fine particulate matter (PM) can enter the bloodstream and lead to cardiovascular complications, Dr. Nagar said. A 2014 study published in Toxicological Research found. that PM in the air can increase the risk of heart disease. Stroke, blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases

3. Skin problems

Exposure to harmful airborne particles can lead to a number of skin problems. Dr. Bangia says, “Dust particles and pollutants can strip the skin’s natural oils. This will leave your skin feeling dehydrated. And then there are cases of allergic reactions because these dusts cause various types of irritation, allergies and hives.”

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Exposure to dust can cause skin problems. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Patients with pre-existing skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Prone to this type of allergic reaction. These symptoms manifest in the form of irritation, redness, itching or burning of the skin. Here’s how to avoid skin problems during the current climate:

  • Limit exposure to outside light during dust storms.
  • Keep windows closed to avoid these particles entering your home.
  • Use an air purifier in your home.
  • Cover your skin if you go out.
  • Moisturize your skin.
  • Avoid using harsh products during dust storms.
  • Good moisture retention

4. Itchy and burning eyes

Another common consequence of exposure to dust is itching and burning eyes. A study published in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has found that continued exposure to dust can also lead to eye conditions.

Tips for protecting yourself from dust storms

When a dust storm covers the city It is critical for people to avoid exposure to particulate matter. been infected with COVID-19 for a long time or infants, pregnant women and the elderly with underlying diseases Try to avoid exposure from the outside. You should be in a room with a closed door and an air purifier if available. Stay in air-conditioned places and avoid strenuous exercise. You must carry an inhaler or bronchodilator. (a medicine to help ease breathing) every time you go outside.

Wear an N95 mask or any type of cloth covering your nose and mouth. They can protect against large ppm particles, but smaller particles are more dangerous. Therefore, staying away from such places is the best solution. The expert added

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