Contributed by – Anjali Sharma
The much awaited Diwali is just around the corner. Diwali is not only a major Hindu festival, but also a time to come together and cherish the good in life. All our Diwali memories are filled with nostalgic feelings of love, laughter and fun. Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali is all about lighting up our homes with lights, lanterns and diyas that symbolize good times and happiness. Diwali must seem incomplete without new clothes, sweets, gifts and fireworks.
Fire-crackers are a big part of Diwali celebrations and are undoubtedly a whole lot of fun. But, bursting firecrackers on Diwali can bring many effects. The harsh truth is that bursting crackers on Diwali is an open invitation to various health hazards like lung congestion, shortness of breath, cough. allergyEyes and skin infection Smoke emitted from crackers significantly increases the level of pollution that causes smog.
Is it really worth it? Is the fun of bursting fireworks more important than our health? Read the various side effects of crackers on health and decide for yourself.
Health problems during Diwali- Reasons
It’s no secret that crackers are the main culprit behind rising pollution levels and several health-related issues after Diwali. Although, crackers have long been a part of celebrations, crackers need to be completely avoided to protect us and our children from major health ailments.
Fireworks act as a significant source of pollution, releasing large amounts of smoke and harmful particles into the air. Crackers are made up of several harmful ingredients which increase the pollution levels several times in just one night. Air pollution emitted by these crackers is a cause for concern and people with allergies should try to avoid exposure to them.
Hazardous health effects of fireworks
Like, we all suffer from smog and health problems after Diwali. Common dangerous effects of fire-crackers are good to know:
- Sulfur Dioxide: Cracking is one of the most common pollutants released from crackers. It mostly affects the lungs and can cause shortness of breath and wheezing.
- Nitrogen Oxide: Crackers release and cause skin irritation, eye problems and respiratory problems in children.
- Asthma and bronchitis: Patients suffering from asthma and bronchitis should increase the dosage during this season. Heavy metals such as lead and cadmium emitted by firecrackers make breathing more difficult for these people.
- Suspended particulate matter or dust: These particles are of great concern during Diwali. there are people the heartCentral nervous system lung problems are mostly affected by dust.
- from dust and pollutants Fireworks take up to 3 days to settle and can have a detrimental effect on disease allergy Bronchitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchial Asthma, Sinusitis, Allergic Rhinitis, Pneumonia and Common Cold.
Anyone suffering from medical conditions is advised to stay away from areas where the concentration of firework smoke is highest.
How to keep yourself safe this Diwali
Diwali should be about spreading love, joy and unity. This year, make sure to take care of yourself and stay away from post-Diwali health problems. The following is a list of things we can do to help you prevent unpleasant encounters:
- Sipping some herbal or lemon tea is a good idea. It can help keep the common cold at bay and even ease our sinuses
- for Immune system, you must go easy on delicious foods and be careful about what and where you eat
- A little squeeze of lemon on salads and other dishes is beneficial as it has antiseptic properties
- Adding vegetable soups to your menu this season will keep you away from calorie-dense foods and boost your immune system.
- To avoid allergies you can add flavor to your food with herbs and spices such as dill, celery, garlic, pepper and cinnamon.
- Dull skin can be prevented by splashing rose water or cold water on your face as soon as you come in from outside. It will reduce the chances of inflammation.
- Be sure to stay hydrated and don’t carry your bottles with you. Water helps keep you away from various health problems
- Keep your face mask handy. It will help you breathe easier and various airborne pollutants
- Keep indoor plants in your home. Money-plants, ficus, ferns etc. can help make the air safe to breathe
- Spread the word and support the no cracker movement for a safe and happy Diwali
It’s time to pay attention to our signs and make small changes on our part to make our city, our country and our world a better place to live.
Say no to crackers and yes to good health this Diwali
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