Pollution On The Rise: These 6 Common Mistakes Are Hurting Your Health
Living In A Gas Chamber
According to the government's air quality monitor, SAFAR, the overall AQI (Air Quality Index) in the National Capital, on the day after Diwali stood at 506, touching 999 at 4 am.
The perpetual smog in the air is leading to numerous health issues, including: - Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
- Shortness of breath
- Hypersensitivity and allergies
- Sinus congestion
- Coughing and sneezing
As the problem persists, we asked Dr Piyush Goyal, senior consultant, pulmonology and critical care at Gurugram's Columbia Asia Hospital, to help us decode some common mistakes that people make that may be worsening the effects of pollution.
Going For Morning Walks
For the upcoming days, refrain from any outdoor activity to ensure for the sake of your health.
Not Realising The Importance Of Wearing Masks
While we can’t avoid leaving the house, it is prudent to wear mandated masks- N95/99, while stepping out.
Not Ventilating Your Home
Make sure you have an exhaust fan installed for the kitchen and bathrooms, as this helps in air recirculation, improving the air that you breathe.
Keeping Doors And Windows Shut
It is important to open let your house breathe. However, avoid doing so during peak pollution hours, and rather open the windows and doors between 3 pm-5 pm, as the pollutant level is generally low during this period.
Old Is Gold
Inhaling steam is an important aspect of respiratory purification as it helps in relaxing your air-passages while removing the harmful particulate substances. Try taking steam with a few drops of eucalyptus oil regularly in the evening and you’ll see the difference.
No Greens At Home
So, go all out when it comes to bringing the garden into your home. Several indoor plants are excellent air purifiers.
If you're looking for names, Aloe Vera, Ivy and Spider plants can be of great use to the respiratory system as they help purify indoor air.