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Bangalore coughs and wheezes post-festival

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Rise in pollution and change in weather ups asthma and bronchitis cases

Brace up: The city can expect some very rainy days ahead with the change of season, the weatherman says. — Photo: K. Gopinathan
Brace up: The city can expect some very rainy days ahead with the change of season, the weatherman says. — Photo: K. Gopinathan

City hospitals are reporting increased incidence of asthma and bronchitis cases due to the rise in pollution levels and sudden change in weather.

The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases has seen at least a 10 per cent rise in the numbers suffering from asthma or bronchitis attacks in the last two days.

“Dust and smoke from firecrackers, coupled with rain, have increased cases of chronic obstructive airway diseases (COPD), including bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis. We have examined many patients in the last two days,” Shashidhar Buggi, Director of the institute told The Hindu on Thursday.

Children affected

H. Paramesh, paediatrician and director of Lakeside Hospital, said there was a considerable rise in the number of children at his hospital over the last two days with wheezing and other respiratory problems.

Pointing out that there are various contributory factors, he said: “We see a rise in such cases during Deepavali. This time too, the allergen and pollen load, coupled with the weather change, may be responsible for the increased incidence of asthma and other respiratory disorders such as allergic bronchitis. If one is genetically predisposed to the illness, triggers such as exposure to pollen, smoke and dust should be avoided.”

Expect more rain

Deepavali may have narrowly escaped being washed out by the northeast monsoon that set in over the State on Monday, but the city can expect some very rainy days ahead with the change of season, according to the meteorological centre here.

‘Cyclone' month

October, one of the city's rainiest months that on average clocks in 142 mm of rainfall, also happens to be a ‘cyclone' month, said B. Puttanna, director of the meteorological centre.

“We do have a low pressure system forming over the Arabian Sea, which we expect to turn into a cyclonic circulation. If this happens coastal Karnataka will certainly see a heavy downpour,” he said.

Below normal

The maximum temperature has dropped just below normal with the clouds and light rain in the city. While the maximum was 27.8 degrees Celsius, the minimum was 20.2 degrees Celsius.

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