When you think of North India's winter, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Most people would say the fog.
Fog is a low-lying cloud where the accumulation of water takes place from local water bodies. Fog rarely lasts longer after sunrise and has no major ill effect other than reduced visibility. However, it is when this fog is mixed with pollutants to form 'smog' that it becomes dangerous for your health.
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The main reason for the formation of smog is increasing air pollution. Air pollutants from cars and Diwali crackers like sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and various industrial pollutants like carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, ozone, and particulate matter mix with fog to form a dense layer in the atmosphere called smog, explains Dr. Sandeep Jassal, Alternative Medicine, who also consults on Practo.
Facing a worse spell of persistent smog again this year, Delhi and its NCR region's air quality has slipped to 'hazardous' levels. As a result, stepping out even for the shortest periods of time can have effects like headaches, nausea, breathlessness, burning in eyes, etc. for Delhi residents.
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Smog can be responsible for any ailment from minor pains to deadly pulmonary diseases such as lung cancer. The effects also include-
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Don't take chances with your health or of those you love. Take precautionary steps against the smog today. Unsplash
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A WHO study estimated that fine particulates are the direct cause of more than 5 percent of lung cancer deaths worldwide. This means 8 lakh people lose their lives every year just because of the air they breathe.
Don't take chances with your health or of those you love. Take precautionary steps against the smog today!
It's most important to focus on preventive therapies which boost your defense to combat the bad effects of smog rather than running from pillar to post later for a cure. (IANS)