Image copyrightAFP Every winter a thick smog film extends in much of India and people begin a losing battle against…
Every winter a thick smog film extends in much of India and people begin a losing battle against the scary levels of pollution.
Thousands land in medical clinics with breathlessness, hospital beds fill with lung problems and many are forced to stay outside school or work.
And with actions that federal and state governments have announced to limit pollution, impact, many find their own ways of handling.
Here are some of the most popular ways that the Indians try to fight contaminants, but do they really seem?
A quick search on Amazon India for air cleaners gives up more than 2000 results and a brief look shows that they are not cheap.
But in recent years, many Indians have begun investing in air purifiers believing that they will help improve air quality.
In March, a report said the government had bought a total of 1
40 cleaners to ensure that officials, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, could breathe easily.
But are they effective?
“Air purifiers only work in an environment that is completely sealed,” said Dr. Karan Madan, Associate Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at Delhis All India Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital.
So every time you open a door or window in your home “indoor air quality immediately mimics the outdoor air quality” – simply say if the outdoor pollution levels are high, they will be instantly indoors as well.
And the question then is: can you sit pretty much all the time in a room that is completely closed off?
“It’s not really practical,” says Dr. Madan.
Online retailers in India have thousands of options for masks. You can also buy them from your nearest chemist.
Some are simple fabric masks while others come with high quality filters to keep out of toxins. They are available in black or can be multicolored.
And thousands of people in the capital, who are among the worst victims of pollution, carry them.
But can a face mask protect you from the deadly small particles that pop into your lungs and devastate your health?
A mask with the ability to filter out these small microns can help but, says Dr. Madan, they must be worn all the time and be completely sealed around their nose and mouth.
“These are very difficult to use solutions , he adds.  Currants and turmeric
Delhis air quality began to deteriorate last week. The schools in Delhi began to take precautionary measures – morning parliaments were interrupted, outdoor games limited and a school began to distribute rugs to students.
It is b because traditional Indian wisdom says that the sour green fruits are loaded with antioxidants and can help to increase immunity and reduce the impact of pollutants.
Nutritionists have also suggested drinking a turmeric, ginger and indian basil composition or eating jaggery or clarified butter .
Dr Madan says he is not sure to what extent these claims are supported by scientific data and that there is no evidence that they will work.
He says that any food containing vitamins and antioxidants is good for overall health, but it does not prevent exposure to contamination.
Last week, Dr. Madan says, the number of patients he has seen with “asthma-like symptoms” has risen, with many complaining about a “burning itching sensation in the nose and throat”.
Describe it as a “serious health situation”, he says that children, elderly and asthmatics are more vulnerable to bad air and advises them to “avoid outdoor activities and heavy effort”.
The negative impact of pollutants is already established on the lung and heart, but newer research points to its impact on our cognitive abilities as well – a new study found pollution also causes a reduction of intelligence.
It is well-known that the trees help absorb contaminants, but newspapers and websites in India are increasingly talking about indoor plants that can extract toxins from inside Home.
The list of air purification plants includes aloe vera, spider plants, a type of lily and ornamental plant (also known as the mother-in-law’s tongue).
Dr Madan says the claim that they affect the air quality need
“Someone studies a home contamination with and without these plants. We need very good data to see if this intervention can be effective.”
But Dr. Madan is clear. The situation is so bad, it’s really just a cup of action – and that’s to deal with the pollution themselves.
“There are no shortcuts. We have to check the source of pollution, that’s the most important part.”