One must take steps to prevent or reverse pollution-related health problems. Here are a few tips to deal with air pollution during and after Diwali:
• The best way to keep the celebration fun and safe is to avoid firecrackers.
• Try to stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed - this is even more important for pregnant women, newborns, kids, and the elderly, and those with chronic conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, etc.
Tips for kids and newborns: Children shouldn’t be left alone on their own. Take care that the crackers do not produce too many fumes as it is extremely injurious to health. Use a wet cloth as a mask to avoid breathing in polluted air,
• People suffering from asthma or bronchitis should take medicines regularly during this period to keep the symptoms under control as well as prevent severe attacks.
• Asthmatic should always keep their inhalers handy.
• Seek medical help in case of any sign of increased breathlessness.
• While outdoors, wear protective eye gear to prevent entry of particles into the eye and irritation by fumes.
Tips for elderly people: Similar care should be taken for old people. In case, they participate in burning firecrackers, make sure they wear a safety mask. Also, never try to touch half burned crackers.
• People, especially with heart or lung diseases, elderly and children, should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
• Avoid exercising early in the morning, instead exercise indoors.
• Eat healthy, balanced diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables to boost immunity.
• Try to avoid oily foods that may upset your digestion and make you feel suffocated.
• Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.