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Prolonged use of ACs, coolers poses health risks, say doctors

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 24, 2018, 6:29 am IST
Updated Apr 24, 2018, 6:29 am IST
According to experts, it has been found that this sophisticated epitome of comfort has several health risks associated with immune system.
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Chennai: As much as air conditioners are a boon during extreme hot and humid weathers, long-term exposure to them can have harmful effects on the body.

According to experts, it has been found that this sophisticated epitome of comfort has several health risks associated with immune system and affects, skin, eyes and thorax.

 

Medicos say that the poor hygiene of air-conditioning facilities such as coolers and air conditioners is among the main cause for proliferation of virus, bacteria and fungi indoors.

Chennaiites rely on air-conditioners to beat the heat and now, since most of the offices are air conditioned for the employees to work at ease, everyone practically spends the whole day in an air-conditioned environment. Air-conditioners and coolers can not only cause dry eye syndrome, but also affects the immune system.

“Cooling systems such as air-conditioners and coolers lead to artificial change in the temperature which is unhealthy for human immune system. Direct exposure to the air-coolers should be avoided as it affects the natural defense mechanism of the body” says Dr Raj Kumar Kulasekaran, pulmonologist, Fortis Malar.

 

Air-coolers are not cleaned before people start using them as the season changes. It activates the bacteria and viruses in the surroundings are activated if they are not cleaned before use, as they remain shut for the time period when they are not in use. People can develop cough, common cold, inflammation of the thorax are common health issues due to these, he added.

Air-conditioners can lead to eye related problems such as irritation, burning sensation, sore eyes, watering and dryness, say ophthalmologists. Air-conditioners are over-used in summer season and Dry Eye Syndrome is a common eye problem as air-conditioner dries out eyes quickly.

 

“World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that the syndrome increases from 20 per cent to 30 per cent in summers with people who spend their time in air-conditioning room. Air- conditioners cause evaporation from the watery layer in the eye. Lack of lubrication affects the eye and can cause as irritation, itching, redness and other infections in the eye,” said Dr S Preethi, ophthalmologist, Dr Agarwal's Eye Hospital.

“Cooling systems such as air-conditioners and coolers lead to artificial change in the temperature which is unhealthy for human immune system. Direct exposure to the air-coolers should be avoided as it affects the natural defense mechanism of the body” says Dr Raj Kumar Kulasekaran, pulmonologist, Fortis Malar

 

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