Haze affects even those without asthma

SINGAPORE - Everyone, even the those who do not have a history of asthma, will be affected by the haze.

They may suffer from watery eyes, throat irritation and difficulty in breathing, said Dr Ong Kian Chung of KC Ong Chest & Medical Clinic at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre.

But it gets worse for the asthmatics and people with chronic heart and lung problems, he said.

Acute case patients who have stopped taking their medicine will start to cough more and feel breathless more often. They need to be more compliant with their medicine, said Dr Yeo Chor Tzien of C T Yeo Respiratory and Medical Clinic at Gleneagles Medical Centre.

People who take medicine regularly are not entirely out of danger either.

"Those with asthma have sensitive airways to start with and are bound to react to the haze," he said.

The best precaution for members of the at-risk group would be to stay indoors or in an environment that does not expose them to the haze or pollution.

"If the PSI levels remain persistently in the unhealthy range (more than 100), I would also advise against doing outdoor activities," said senior consultant John Abisheganaden of Tan Tock Seng Hospital's department of respiratory and critical care medicine.

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