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More seeking treatment for breathing problems

 | June 24, 2013

More people are seeking treatment for respiratory problems, say medical experts

PETALING JAYA: The number of people seeking treatment for respiratory problems has doubled and the people have been advised to stay indoors and wear masks, medical experts said.

“Patients with asthma and lung diseases are the ones who will suffer the most during the haze. No specific medication could be a magic bullet during this season, however, taking precautionary measures is always better than cure.” said a doctor.

Three  hospitals say thyey recorded a 50% increase in the number of patients seeking treatment for pulmonary diseases.

Hospital Sg Buloh ENT Department clinical specialist Dr Rajveer Saran said patients should also use their inhalers regularly to keep asthma at bay throughout the haze period.

“While exercising outdoor is not advised because of the haze, working out indoor may help patients with asthma, bronchitis and lung diseases,” said Dr Rajveer.

Prince Court Medical Centre respiratory physician Dr Fauzi M. Anshar said when smoke and dust particles in the haze came in contact with the body it would cause itchness to the skin and irritation to eyes as well as breathing problems.

INS Specialist Centre consultant cardiologisDr Billy Chng said the haze would not trigger heart problems as the quality of air did not directly affect the heart.

Dr Rajveer also said there was no evidence that haze could cause cancer.

“If the haze is due to hazadous chemicals then there is a possibilty if exposed for a long period.

“However, this haze is due to open burning and will not cause cancer,” said Dr Rajveer.


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