Many states of North India including the capital Delhi are in the grip of severe air pollution these days. The Air Quality Index (AQI) here has remained at a severe level for the last month. After being in the 'severe' category for three days, Delhi's AQI did improve slightly and was recorded at 398 in the 'very poor' category on Saturday. Breathing or living in such polluted air can have serious side effects on your health, about which health experts have been alerting.

The most common side effects of exposure to polluted air are respiratory problems, sore throat, and shortness of breath. Health experts say that it is very important for all people to take care of their health in this environment. Long-term exposure to polluted air PM 2.5 can also cause problems like cancer, including serious heart-lung diseases.

Problem of sore throat due to pollution
Health experts say the problem of sore throat caused by pollution is quite common. In some people, this condition can also cause ear pain, sore throat, and bronchitis. This environment can be serious for children, the elderly, people suffering from asthma-angina, and lung or heart problems.

To prevent problems like pain and sore throat, it becomes necessary to take care of some measures. Many home remedies can be especially beneficial for you, about which everyone needs to know.

Drink warm water and fluids
Drinking warm liquids can provide relief from sore throat and swelling. It is also beneficial in providing relief from soreness and pain caused by pollutants in the throat. Keeping the body hydrated – Drinking fluids can help keep the throat moist and reduce the problem of soreness. Aim to drink at least 3-4 liters of water a day.

Some types of tea are beneficial
Most teas are rich in antioxidants which also have anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming chamomile and turmeric tea can provide relief from pain and discomfort in the throat. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties and is also helpful in stimulating the immune system. Curcumin present in turmeric can also help in providing relief from throat pain.

Gargle with salt water
Gargling with salt water soothes your throat and reduces swelling. This is one of the most effective and easy methods. This remedy can be used two to three times a day to get relief from throat problems.
​(PC: Freepik)