Tips for Asthmatic Patients to Remain Healthy This Diwali
Diwali, though a glorified festival of India, can turn out to be troublesome for those suffering from Asthma. Respiratory problems during this festival occurs due to a combination of various factors such as pollution, change in weather, smoke, dust allergies, etc. People suffering from asthma or asthma symptoms are perhaps the only ones in distress during this time. So, if you are an asthma patient who really wants to enjoy Diwali this year, take note of these asthma prevention tips and guidelines to remain free from those grieving asthma attacks:-
This one goes without saying; avoid all the smoke and pollution that emanates during Diwali due to the numerous crackers and dias. So, it is advised that you stay indoors and avoid the streets. The smoke released from the crackers contain harmful pollutants like sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide, and these gases could trigger an attack.
Always remember, whether its Diwali or not, keep your inhaler close by. Although, it is better to avoid exposing yourself to all the smoke and pollution by going out, always carry your inhaler to take immediate action incase of any asthma attack symptoms.
An unusual, yet surprisingly effective way of treatment for asthma patients is steam inhalation. It helps in decongesting your chest. You should inhale steam whenever you feel uneasy, especially around Diwali. Another way to get some relief is to place a hot water bag on your chest and back if you experience irregular breathing. Do not take the triggers and symptoms of asthma lightly. Monitor these symptoms continuously, and even the slightest change you notice in your breathing, rush to the doctor.
You can enjoy the occasional Diwali delicacy if you wish to satisfy your sweet tooth. However, make sure you eat and not devour. Have a piece or two but try to avoid oily food as much as you can, as it only adds fuel to the asthma fire.
Monitor your breathing and respiration; your body gives you signs before an asthma attack. Your lung function will decrease a couple of days before an asthma attack and you may feel a shortness of breath. You can control this by taking a glass of fresh turmeric milk anytime during the day, preferably with breakfast. You can exercise and go for a walk; try going out only after sunrise and in the late afternoons; avoid early mornings and late evenings. These are times when the smog settles down to a lower level and pollutes breathable air around you. Take preventive measures and continuously monitor your body.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
This saying applies to asthma patients as well. Don’t take the festival of Diwali too lightly but don’t take it too seriously as well. Another asthma prevention tip – this festive season, be happy and joyous. If your mind is happy and occupied, you will forget all about your asthma. So, enjoy the colours, lights, and sweets but remember, if you experience any asthma symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.
Stay Fit, Stay Healthy!
Dr. Rishab Sharma
Dr. Rishab Sharma MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) He is associated with Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur. Dr. Rishab has wide experience in managing a variety of diseases, as well as managing critical care units in large government and corporate hospitals.