Weather changes triggering illnesses

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 10 February 2019

“There has been a 10 to 20 per cent increase in number of patients with Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI), viral fever and cough due to the recent fluctuation in the weather conditions. Children till the age of 10 years are affected the most,” said Shaikh

PUNE: Doctors across the city have reported rise in viral infections across all age groups due to recent changes in weather conditions. They have further reported that there been a drastic rise in inflow of patients. 

The Ministry of Health and Welfare shared some common symptoms of seasonal viral infections, which are cough, cold, fever, sore throat, headache, body ache, shivering, etc. Extreme symptoms are diarrhoea, blood in sputum and fatigue. 

Dr Iqbal Shaikh from Navjeevan Nursing Home, Hadapsar, said that there is an overall increase in number of patients with respiratory infections.

“There has been a 10 to 20 per cent increase in number of patients with Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI), viral fever and cough due to the recent fluctuation in the weather conditions. Children till the age of 10 years are affected the most,” said Shaikh. He added that the major reason for this is low immunity.

“Paediatric age group (between one to 10 years) have been affected the most, because their immunity is less,” said Shaikh.

Echoing similar sentiments, Dr Amita Raina, from Apollo Clinic in Viman Nagar, said that low immunity has also been witnessed in senior citizens. As a result, they also suffer in these changing weather patterns.

“But the younger age groups compared to the elderly also suffers a lot due to low immunity. Also, with sudden fluctuations in weather conditions, there has been an almost 50 per cent increase in number of patients with upper respiratory infections,” said Raina. 

Doctors share that patients should keep vigil about their health condition and should not wait until the conditions get worse. 

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