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Tips to avoid winter allergies

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  • Make sure that the Christmas trees and decorations are mold free.
  • Turn on exhaust fan when showering to remove excess odor from the house.
  • For the same reason‚ turn on the exhaust fan while cooking.
  • Clean your carpets with HEPA vacuum to reduce the burden of dust mite and pet allergens.
  • Moping of floors should be done.
  • Wash your hands after playing with pets.
  • Wash your bed linen and pajamas in hot water (above 130 degree) to kill dust mites.
  • Keep indoor humidity level between 30-40%Look for visible mold in the house especially in the basement.
  • Keep your bedroom allergy-free.

Tips to avoid winter allergies

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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  • Make sure that the Christmas trees and decorations are mold free.
  • Turn on exhaust fan when showering to remove excess odor from the house.
  • For the same reason‚ turn on the exhaust fan while cooking.
  • Clean your carpets with HEPA vacuum to reduce the burden of dust mite and pet allergens.
  • Moping of floors should be done.
  • Wash your hands after playing with pets.
  • Wash your bed linen and pajamas in hot water (above 130 degree) to kill dust mites.
  • Keep indoor humidity level between 30-40%Look for visible mold in the house especially in the basement.
  • Keep your bedroom allergy-free.

Winter Asthma

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Any breathlessness after the age of 40, appearing for the first time in winter, is cardiac asthma unless proved otherwise. Such patients should immediately have their blood pressure check-up done and if high needs immediate medical attention. First-onset breathlessness can also be an indication of angina or heart attack. However, the more common is winter asthma or acute exacerbation of winter COPD (chronic bronchitis). Asthma is reversible airway obstruction and COPD is irreversible airway obstruction. Sudden exposure to cold, humidity, pollution at lower levels in atmosphere can precipitate asthma in susceptible individuals. Winter is the time to increase the dose of asthma medicines.

If a person can speak a full sentence, the asthma attack is mild; if a person speaks broken sentences the asthma attack is moderate and if the person is able to speak only words then the asthma attack is severe. Severe attack of asthma needs immediate hospitalization.

Wet vs Dry winter

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The whole universe is made up of five elements i.e. Air Space Fire Water and Earth. These five elements are also responsible for formation of the human body as per Vedic principles. In our body Air and Space components are responsible for different types of movement functions Fire and Water elements for metabolism and Water and Earth components for formation of secretions and structures. Ayurveda calls them as Vata Pitta and Kapha humors. People with Vata humor personality have more of Air and Space elements and therefore have more dry and cold extremities. On the other hand people with Kapha humor personality have more of structure and water therefore have wet and cold extremities. In terms of atmosphere Vata period will be cold and dry and Kapha period will be cold and wet. According to the Vedic concept early winter is cold and wet with more humidity and late winter is dry and cold with less humidity and more of windy movements. The chances of fog and smog are higher in early winter as compared to late winter. Hypothermic deaths are much more in late winter because of cold winds. As per Ayurveda in Kapha period prone persons will experience fluctuations in blood sugar and will have more frequent attacks of bronchitis expectoration and joints pains with effusion. The lower blood pressure will rise more than upper blood pressure and if a patient ends up with a heart attack there are more chances of heart muscle dysfunction. Whereas in the cold and dry winter due to Vata aggravation there will be acceleration of upper blood pressure and more chances of brain hemorrhage nose bleeding joints pain and heart attacks presenting with abnormal accelerated rhythm disorders. In the early Kapha wet winter there are more chances of water retention depression movement disorders seasonal effective disorder and craving for sweets and salts.

Difference between fog and smog

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Whenever the humidity is high air movement is less and the temperature is low fog is the automatic choice. It reduces visibility and more accidents are reported on the roads and delay in both railway and airlines services. When the level of pollution is high in the atmosphere the pollutant particles get mixed into the fog reducing its visibility further and the resultant is called as smog. Smog is very dangerous to both lungs and the heart. High sulfur dioxide contents lead to precipitation of chronic bronchitis. High nitrogen dioxide contents lead to precipitation of asthma. High particulate matter PM10 air pollutants sized between 2.5 to 10 microns can damage the lungs and precipitate asthma due to air flow and inflammation. High contents of particulate matter PM 2.5 air pollutants less than 2.5 micron in size can enter the lungs and damage the lung lining. They can also be absorbed and cause inflammation of the heart arteries. Patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis should get the dose of their medicine increased during smog days. Avoid exertion in conditions of smog. It is better to avoid walking during smog hours. Drive slowly during smog hours. Heart patients should stop their early morning walk during smog hours. Remember to take the flu pneumonia vaccine.