Mumbai sees jump in respiratory infection cases

Monday, 28 October 2013 - 8:55am IST | Agency: DNA
Gruff voice, runny nose and throat irritation are viral in nature and take around six days to settle.

Even as dengue continues unabated in the city, the change in weather has led to many Mumbaikars, especially the elderly and children, contracting respiratory tract infections.

Consultant general physician, Breach Candy Hospital, Dr Hemant Thacker said, “We are getting a lot many people with gruff voice, runny nose and throat irritation; the symptoms are viral in nature.
They take around five to six days to settle and are accompanied by weakness and backache.”

Agreeing with Thacker, family physician Krishnakant Dhebri said he has had patients streaming into his clinic in Girgaum with such symptoms. “The change in weather is leading to a rise in the number of respiratory tract infection cases. At times, these are accompanied by fever. People should be more careful and ensure that they don’t drink chilled water in the afternoon,” he added.

He said that though respiratory tract infections are affecting people of all ages, it’s the senior citizens who need to be extra-careful. “More elderly are getting affected and, hence, should take adequate care,” Dhebri said.

A respiratory tract illness triggered by viral infection is a common problem in Mumbai, say doctors.
“This is due to change in season. Days are hot and nights are getting cooler. People tend to indulge in cold drinks, ice creams to beat the heat in the afternoon and invite trouble for themselves,” said Dr Subodh Kedia, general physician in Bandra, Kalanagar, who is seeing a rise in cases of throat infection among his patients.

Patients with an upper respiratory tract infection cannot afford to treat it lightly as it may lead to a lower respiratory tract infection, like bronchitis or pneumonia.

Consultant physician at Jaslok Hospital Dr Pratit Samdhani said, “Air-borne infections thrive in Mumbai’s climate. The city is crowded and humid, which helps bacteria and viruses grow. Also, people have a poor sense of hygiene; their lives are stressful and immunity low. This makes air-borne infections resurface throughout the year.”

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A respiratory tract illness triggered by viral infection is a common problem in Mumbai, say doctors. “This is due to change in season. Days are hot and nights are getting cooler. People tend to indulge in cold drinks, ice creams to beat the heat in the afternoon and invite trouble for themselves,” said Dr Subodh Kedia, general physician in Bandra.


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