Delhi NCR, a region known for its vibrant culture and festive celebrations, also bears the brunt of severe air pollution, particularly during the months of October, November, and December. For individuals like myself, a 27-year-old male with allergic bronchitis or asthma, this period transforms from a time of joy to one of significant health challenges.
Factors causing air pollution in Delhi NCR
The annual stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana is the biggest contributor to the already polluted air, exacerbating respiratory issues for people with allergies and asthma. Other factor includes:
- Vehicular Pollution: PM 2.5 Contributor
- Construction Dus: PM 10 Contributor
- Illegal Manufacturing Plants: These include illegal industrial units that deal with dyes, chemicals, rubber, asbestos, plastics, electrical and auto spare parts etc.
- Meteorological Conditions: The situation worsens in November due to specific meteorological conditions, including low wind speeds and high moisture levels, which trap pollutants in the air.
Many people blame firecrackers for the alarmingly high pollution levels in Delhi NCR, even when Diwali falls later in the year. However, I don't believe firecrackers are the sole cause of the issue, considering the persistent environmental problems in the region. Nonetheless, I urge everyone to refrain from using firecrackers as they contribute to the overall pollution.
Personal Struggles Living in Delhi's Polluted Air
The physical and emotional strain of being bedridden during the festive season, depending on antibiotics, inhalers, and steam treatments just to breathe, is disheartening. Despite my company allowing me to work from home, it is challenging to fulfil my work duties. As a gamer, I consider playing video games to deal with the stress of inactivity. Unfortunately, even playing on the PlayStation is difficult due to respiratory distress.
Adapting to Live with Pollution
I am trying a variety of measures to manage my allergic bronchitis during high-pollution periods, including staying indoors, using air purifiers, drinking warm liquids, taking my inhalers and other medications, and inhaling steam via a vaporizer. While these measures are helpful, they are not foolproof but can have a significant impact on daily life and work.
Please share your experiences and suggestions for managing allergic bronchitis during high pollution periods. You can share your suggestions with me on X (formerly Twitter) at @sidtechsid
Living with allergic bronchitis or asthma in Delhi NCR during the festive season is a daunting challenge. The worsening air quality each year due to practices like stubble burning takes a heavy toll on health and lifestyle. While personal adjustments like staying indoors and using air purifiers provide some relief, the search for more effective solutions continues. Community support and shared experiences can be invaluable in navigating these challenging times.