Sinus, allergies & asthma; Health ministry calls for avoiding direct exposure to dust

DOHA:  The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has called on citizens and residents, especially asthma patients, people suffering from chest diseases and the elderly, to avoid direct exposure to dust during the current wave of dust, stressing the readiness of health centres and hospitals to receive them in the event of any symptoms of respiratory sensitivity caused by the dusty weather.

Qatar Meteorology Department warned of strong winds in most areas and low horizontal visibility onshore, strong winds and high waves offshore, expecting clouds with dust blowing in some areas.

The Ministry of Public Health also urged citizens and residents to take precautionary measures to avoid health risks that may result from these weather conditions, and to ensure that the doors and windows are close tightly to prevent dust from entering into the buildings.

The Ministry also called for avoiding going out into open areas during strong winds and low visibility due to dust in the air.P3From page 1

The Ministry urged people to wash the face, nose and mouth repeatedly to prevent dust from reaching the lungs, and to wear a protective mask or to use wet paper towels with water to cover the nose and mouth, with the importance of frequently replacing the masks or the paper towels, avoid rubbing the eyes to avoid inflammation.

The Ministry also advised drivers to close the windows while driving, with the possibility of operating the air conditioner at an appropriate temperature if needed. It further urged thorough cleaning of houses, especially bedrooms, blankets and mattresses.

The Ministry of Public Health has also advised people who work in field to alternate shifts, in order to reduce the exposure to dust, and to wear masks to protect the respiratory system. The Ministry stressed the need to start using preventive prescribed drugs for people vulnerable to severe allergic diseases, even before showing symptoms of allergies, and called for people who have recently undergone eye or nose surgeries to avoid exposure.

The Ministry urged citizens and residents to follow the advice to maintain their health and safety and the safety of their children, and to follow the weather news.

Dust, fine airborne solid particles, can enter the lungs causing some health risks, such as infections, sinus and respiratory allergies, and can also trigger allergies and cause asthma.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar