Diwali, the festival of lights marking the victory of good over evil is full of joy, happiness and sweets. People burst firecrackers in joy and extend greetings by sharing sweets at this festival. But, the same festival turns out stressful for people, particularly those who are suffering from Asthma and other respiratory diseases. Scientifically, toxic fumes from fireworks raise the pollution level measured in ‘micrograms per cubic metre (pm)’ level content in the air above the permissible limits and can increase the risk of complexities for people with respiratory diseases.
Apart from fireworks, Diwali is held in a period when farmers also start burning the stubble left after harvesting. Also, due to the festival season & a pack of holidays, people start going out on vacation and also to their hometowns make a sharp increase in vehicle-movement on roads which also contributes in making the pollution level at peak, especially in cities. These factors cause a sharp increase in making things worse for Asthma patients.
But, Diwali is a celebration for everyone, and even doctors believe that no one should feel excluded from the festivities. So, following these health-centric suggestions can help you to have a great and memorable Diwali.
Celebrate a Green Diwali at Home:
It is evident that firecrackers are made from toxic elements like copper, cadmium, zinc, lead, manganese, etc. and they are hazardous for the environment as well as for the humans. Inhaling these chemicals in the form of smoke turns out to be really harmful to patients with Asthma. The best strategy in such a case is to stay indoors and take part in festivities online. Now a day facilities such as ordering food & medicine online have become quite easy and this has significantly reduced exposure to polluted environments. Also, people have started extending well wishes online and holding gatherings virtually. So, early morning and evening hours must be completely avoided as the smoke concentration is usually high during this time.
Cover your face with Face Mask:
If stepping outdoors cannot be avoided, one who is having an Asthma problem is always recommended to cover the mouth with a mask or handkerchief during the Diwali festival. It has been found that the airborne PM2.5 level when increased can cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases such as lung cancer. Also, the festival Diwali is often related to people cleaning their houses and this makes the dust mites in and around our houses so in order to contain Asthma patients need to take several measures while being even at home. So, it is advisable that the patients stay away from dust and cover their mouths during cleaning.
Also Read: Asthma is Caused by Air Pollution
Eat Healthy & Be Hydrated:
You need to eat healthy proteins & fats, fruits and vegetables. Also, you need to avoid processed foods and adulterated sweets, especially during the festival season. You need to have four well-balanced, portion-controlled meals that include protein, carbohydrates, good fats and fibre. What you eat impacts your body’s overall functioning from strengthening immunity to avoiding any type of Asthma trigger risk. So, it is on you how you choose a healthy diet plan.
Keep Your Inhaler Close:
Apart from maintaining the regular dosage of Asthma medicines, a patient needs to keep the controller inhaler close. An inhaler can be very useful in decreasing the chances of getting an Asthma attack.
If Asthma Triggers, Consult A Doctor:
While it is difficult to find solace during the time of Diwali, it’s possible for an Asthma patient to celebrate a green Diwali. However, if there is any discomfort or uneasiness experienced during Diwali, one can consult healthcare providers for immediate relief and response or can visit any hospital of Kailash Group. Hence, one with Asthma can and should celebrate the festival of light with full vigour and let the remaining cared for by Kailash Hospital.