Cold and fever are increasing due to cold, heat, and pollution, how to deal with it, doctors say

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City or suburb, pure air is lost in car fumes and dust. Fluctuations in temperature on the one hand and dust floating in the air on the other hand are increasing the prevalence of allergies.

There was a time when even tigers were afraid of the cold of Magha. But now due to pollution and global warming, the month of Magha is the hottest month. The hot season is accompanied by severe pollution. Be it the city of Kolkata or the mouse, the pure air gets lost in the car fumes and dust. Fluctuations in temperature on the one hand and dust floating in the air on the other hand are increasing the prevalence of allergies. Dwaipayan Mukherjee, the ear-nose-throat doctor at KPC Medical College Hospital, said, “In most cases, cold and fever are due to allergies.” At the same time, viral fever is increasing due to cold and heat. Whether a cold is caused by an allergy or by a virus, the symptoms are almost the same. Runny nose, sneezing, whooping cough with fever. There is a difference – viral fever is cured in a week, but the allergy persists.


What to do

Dwaipayan Mukhopadhyay advises not to take antibiotics in haste in case of fever and cold. Should be seen by a doctor. If there is continuous cold-sneezing fever, definitely get an allergy test done. Gargle with warm water in case of fever-cold, saline drop in the nose, antiallergic. In most cases it is beneficial. If you are allergic to any food, then you should stop eating it.

According to the doctor, apart from many types of infections, fever is also an early symptom of a complex disease. Fever can also be a urinary tract infection, tonsillitis, upper respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, or an early symptom of pneumonia or meningitis. On the other hand, persistent fever is more likely to occur as an early symptom of tuberculosis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, drug side effects, lymph gland, and blood cancer, but also other cancers. Therefore, if you are having persistent or frequent fever, then you must see a doctor. Like diarrhea, fever increases the risk of dehydration. That’s why it is necessary to drink water frequently during this time.

Pediatrician Jaideep Chowdhary of Child Health Institute told that when the fever of children increases, there is a temper or cramps. Therefore, if the fever is more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, according to age and weight, paracetamol should be given along with sponging with lukewarm water. “It is better to follow the practice of applying jalapti on the head when the fever rises,” he said. But not only on the forehead, but there is also fever on the whole body. Therefore, if the fever is above 100°F, it is necessary to wash the head and sponge the whole body. The best medicine for fever is rest and plenty of water and fluids. There is no need to take any medicine other than paracetamol for pain in the legs, hands, and feet due to fever.

Jaideep said, be it in children or in elders if the fever persists then a blood test may be necessary on the advice of the doctor. More recently, immunotherapy is being used to treat allergies, Dwaipayan said. But you have to behave patiently. Immunotherapy is very useful to get relief from fever-cold-sneeze-cough. For people who are allergic to dust, wearing a mask when outdoors can reduce the problem to some extent.

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