Tips for Dealing with the Haze

Singapore haze
 
The haze has returned with a vengeance with PSI readings easily venturing into the hazardous range. Here's some simple steps for you to take to stay healthy during this extremely trying period.
 
How concerned should you be?
The NEA has repeatedly stated that one's health condition , the PSI level and the duration and intensity of outside activities determine the impact of the haze on a person. However, the NEA does not report on the PM2.5 index, which is the most significant pollutant in the air. Do head to http://aqicn.org/city/singapore for more detailed about the air quality in Singapore. Do keep in mind that the elevated hazy conditions are more likely to affect the elderly, children and people with chronic heart or lung conditions. Anyone experiencing discomfort or symptoms of respiratory issues should seek immediate medical help.
 
Symptoms to look out for
The haze may affect you in different ways.
You eyes may feel dried out or watery or inflamed. Red eyes is a sure sign that the airborne pollutants are having an effect on your vision.
Your nasal passage might feel more irritated causing your nose to become stuffed up with more mucus. This can lead you coughing up phlegm as your body tries to discharge the excess mucus from your respiratory tract. 
The Tiny haze particulate matter may also inflame and scar lung tissue. People with asthma or any other lung related issues will experience breathing difficulty. Healthy people may also start to feel breathless more easily.
 
What kind of precautions you should take
Take the following preventative measures whenever the PM2.5 reading exceeds 100.
 
Stay indoors
Make sure all your windows and doors are tightly closed to keep out the tiny haze particles. Wear an N95 mask if you have to go out. Avoid any physical exertion like jogging while the haze is around.
 
Keep your home well ventilated
Turn on the fans or the air conditioners to prevent your home from becoming too stuffy. Use an air purifier to filter out any residue haze particles to keep the air in your home fresh. 
 
Monitor the situation
Be vigilant for any changes in your own health or in your family members' health. See a doctor immediate if you begin experiencing any discomfort and do not worry about the costs. The G has activated a haze subsidy for Singaporeans to tap whenever they see a doctor for haze related medical problems.
 
Stay healthy
Eat more fruits and vegetables to feed your immune system with more vitamins to fight off infection. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins from your body. Take frequent showers to rinse off any haze particles that have settled on your skin to prevent rashes and eczema. 
 
The G has said that haze is expected to linger until November thanks to El Nino so do what you can to keep yourself protected!
 

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