Asthma, smoker's cough and the like: With respiratory diseases on New Year's Eve not outdoors

People with respiratory diseases should not go outside on New Year's Eve
In many countries around the world, the New Year is greeted with magnificent fireworks. But not all people should go to the door on New Year's Eve. If you suffer from respiratory diseases, you should better watch the colorful spectacle from inside.

Health risks on New Year's Eve
At the turn of the year the sky will shine again in bright colors. The glittering rockets mostly delight young and old, but the New Year's Eve fireworks also pose health risks. For example, Böller and others can cause burns or injuries to the hands. The bang also strains the ears. Some people shouldn't go outside anyway on New Year's Eve anyway.

Marvel at fireworks from inside
Those who suffer from respiratory diseases should watch the New Year's fireworks from inside.

The resulting smoke and fine dust can pose a health risk for patients with chronic lung diseases such as bronchial asthma or COPD (smoker's cough).

This was pointed out by the pulmonologists of the Federal Association of Pneumologists (BdP) on the internet portal "Pulmonologists on the Net".

Up to 30 toxic metal compounds
According to the experts, different metal compounds such as lead or arsenic for the color blue and strontium salts for the color red are added to the black powder in order to achieve different color effects with the New Year's rockets.

"In this respect, after larger fireworks, the air can contain fine dust particles with up to thirty toxic metal compounds that, due to their small diameter of a few micrometers, penetrate deep into the lungs and can cause inflammatory reactions there," explained Dr. Andreas Hellmann, Chairman of the BdP.

"This poses a real challenge for people with lung health risks - especially for COPD patients who already suffer from breathing difficulties such as shortness of breath, coughing and expectoration," said the doctor.

Do not face directly in the wind direction
In asthmatics, the irritants can trigger an attack. In order to breathe in as little particulate matter as possible from fireworks that have been fired, patients with chronic lung disease should make sure that they do not stand directly in the wind direction of the smoke.

"It is certainly even more advisable to watch the fireworks on New Year's Eve from a certain safety distance or from the closed window," said Dr. Hellmann.

Walks in the new year should be postponed until the smoke has cleared completely and the air is clean again. This can take a few days in large cities. (ad)

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