Dust and wind hit Doha residents; Protect against respiratory tract infections
With dusty winds blowing all over the city in the past few days, a number of people have been complaining about sinus problems – one of the most common type of upper respiratory tract infections.
According to ENT specialist, Dr Nazar Mopen from Aster Medical Centre, there has been a rise recently upper respiratory tract infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis and infection of the ears. Symptoms generally include: fever, running nose, throat or ear pain, mild cough.
“There’s a huge scare among people about the MERS virus, but most of the patients who come to us have regular bacterial infections, not viral, that can be cured. These infections are mainly because of the climate variations that we are witnessing, from cold to hot, and dusty weather. The infection lasts usually for 5 days. ”
Here are some simple steps the doctor suggests to reduce your chance of an infection:
- Avoid drinking cold liquids
- Cover your nose and mouth when going outdoors on a dusty day
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
- Cover your nose and mouth when you are near to a person who is coughing.
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