Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
President, Heart Care Foundation of India
Candles: With Diwali approaching, one should be careful of candle pollution. Candles made from beeswax or soy, although more expensive, apparently are safer because they do not release potentially harmful pollutants.
However an occasional paraffin candle and its emissions does not harm but lighting many paraffin candles daily or lighting them frequently in an unventilated bathroom around a tub, may cause problems. Pollutants from burning candles can also cause respiratory irritation and allergy. The candles, which are made from petroleum, are a source of known human carcinogens and indoor pollution.
Diwali Sweets: White sugar in sweets can lead to uncontrolled diabetes and gain weight in individuals. Adulterated khoya can cause GI upset. Artificial coloring in sweets can cause cancer in long run. Eating chocolates can add to calories in blood sugar. The best item for Diwali is fruits and dry fruits.
Eye injury– Particle of crackers can cause eye burn. Continuous water should be poured into the effected eye till the burning is over.
Safe dressing– if medicated bandage is not available, one can use a piece of cloth and iron it. It will work like a medicated bandage.
Alcohol Hazards: Diwali is often used as a festival of gambling and alcohol drink. One should not drive after consuming more than 30 ml in one hour. While gambling one should not argue with others as someone under the influence of alcohol may cause harm.
Diwali Pollution: Patients with COPD (Adult Asthma) may worsen in Diwali festival and they should use wet clothes whenever they are exposed to smoke.
Noise Pollution: Excessive noise pollution during Diwali day can cause hearing loss. One should wear ear plugs to avoid noise related ear injury. Noise pollution can also cause high blood pressure and mental irritation.