LAHORE - Persistent dryness and biting cold has caused considerable increase in weather-related diseases especially among elderly people and kids.

Moreover, large scale development works and the resultant excessive pollution has provided favourable conditions for growth of virus and bacteria. As no significant rain giving system is approaching the country during the next couple of days, medical experts are seeing no respite for the people from bacterial and viral infection already on the rise due to accumulation of hazardous pollutants and dust particles in the air.

They have advised necessary precautionary measures especially for children and elderly people having weak immunity.

“Dry cold has increased skin dryness and allergy to the extent of Psoriasis, itching, common cold, pain in joints, respiratory tract infection, cough and flu, wheezy chest, high grade fever and stomach upset to the extent of watery stools”, said leading family physician Dr Abdul Rauf. Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease characterised by patches of abnormal skin that are typically red, itchy, and scaly. It occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalps, and can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.

“Psoriasis usually develops in 21 days. Severe cold and dryness is leading to this condition within a week after infection”, said Dr Abdul Rauf.

He advised the people to adopt necessary precautionary measures at homes, offices and while going outside and take balanced diet with enhanced intake of fruits and fluids. “Wear warm cloths and properly cover heads while going outside, take fruit, balanced diet and increase fluid intake.

“Extra care should be given to Asthma patients, elderly people and children to save them from complications. Avoid sharing handkerchief, towel and blanket with those already ill. Take multivitamins for increasing immunity and apply moisturisers on skin for avoiding dryness and rashes,” he said. Dr Abdul Rauf advised people to avoid self medication and consult qualified physician in case of any complication.

“Medicines and multivitamins should be taken after consulting a qualified doctor,” he suggested.