Hyderabad: With the advent of monsoon, viral respiratory tract infections are on the rise in the city. Tonsillitis, sinusitis and common cold are the typical upper respiratory tract infections that show up with monsoon while acute bronchitis is the most common lower respiratory tract infection that troubles people. Medical experts say that the unpredictability of monsoon is what often leads to lung ailments.
“Unpredictable rains means that people are not ready with their rain gear. They get drenched and this leads to common colds and other lung ailments. With monsoon, the walls of our houses often grow damp. This leads to growth of mold which aggravates breathing problems”, says Dr. Mateenuddin Saleem, a pneumologist.
The increased humidity in the air can lead to breathing problems amongst patients suffering from lung ailments. “I was drenched during the first showers of monsoon and my lower respiratory tract was infected. I faced a lot of problems due to this. I had wheezing, acute chest pain and cough making it very difficult to breathe”, says Tina Jose.
Pneumologists say that pollution in cities often aggravates health issues among asthma patients. Dr. Prasanna Kumar, a pneumologist says, “Asthama patients should take care and not venture outside in the rain. Also breathing exercises at home could go a long way in preventing lung ailments. Yoga has also proved to be very effective for asthmatic patie-nts. The cold weather tends to worsen lung related ailments. With the spread of viral infections, any person can fall prey to wheezing and common cold. The treatment period tends to be longer during monsoon because of the weather conditions that slow down recovery process.”
Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
- Common Cold
Lower Respiratory Tract
- Acute Bronchitis
- Bacterial Pneumonia
- Influenza - viral Pneumonia