Feeding pigeons is considered a philanthropic act but city doctors have a different view. According to doctors, the number of patients suffering from hypersensitive pneumonitis is increasing due to pigeons’ droppings. “Pigeon is a symbol of peace and prosperity and even worshipped by many.
There is no harm in feeding the lovely birds. Harm lies in inhaling the dry micro particles of their droppings,” chest physician Dr Pramod Jhawar said. He said excessive inhalation of particles can lead to asthma and other breathing disorders. “About 10-12 patients in a month are approach us with the problem of hypersensitive pneumonitis and we ask them to sing, kabutar jaa jaa, to get rid of the disease.
Pigeons’ droppings are allergens that trigger breathing disorders. Most of the patients live in multistoreyed apartments where pigeons make nests,” he added. Most common diseases caused by pigeons’ dropping include histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis but in general the doctors treat it is as hypersensitive pneumonitis.
Dr Jhawar said after active smoking, there is threat from second hand or passive smoking. “But third hand smoking, that is, inhaling the smoke or ashes particles that stick on clothes of a smoker and inhaled by children or his loved ones can also trigger asthma,” he said adding, “We cannot prove it through cases but the studies have proved that third hand smoking can also cause asthma.” Other reasons of asthma include pollution, dust mites, pollens and animal fur.
Taking about the number of patients suffering from asthma, paediatric pulmonologist Dr Sanjeev Singh Rawat said 300 million people are suffering from the disease worldwide and the number is about 18 million in our country. “There is no official registration for asthma patients in our country.
In Indore, two lakh people suffer from the disease including 3 percent adults and 15 percent children,” he said. He said asthma treatment like use of inhaler is a last stage treatment. “Inhalers are more appropriate for treatment, as taking tablets is expensive and proves hectic for patients,” he added.
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