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The last decade saw alarming rise of air pollution. The most hazardous among all are rise of particulate matters (pm 2.5 and pm 10) along with chemicals.  Pollution can trigger new cases of asthma, worsen the pre existing respiratory illness and can provoke development of lung cancers.  Among all, it can affect the lung growth of children making them prone to allergies and other respiratory diseases in future.  The effect is more marked in persons already having some respiratory and cardiac problems. 

Symptoms get aggravated with exposure particularly in winters when low temperature along with humidity makes the pollutants suspended in air for longer duration. Patients often present with increase in their symptoms despite adherent to usual medication with which they were earlier comfortable. So it is advisable to avoid any outdoor physical exercise particularly in morning when pollutant load is high. Don’t discontinue or alter the dose of medications without consultation with your doctor, get yourself annual flu vaccinations, refrain yourself from smoking and report to your physician in case you are having trouble breathing despite taking the medications. 

The department of Respiratory / Pulmonology deals with the diseases of the lungs and the respiratory system. It deals with the evaluation & management of acute & chronic respiratory diseases such as Asthma and respiratory allergies, COPD, ILD, Lung cancer, Auto immune disorders, sleep related disorders and chest wall disorders. The Department is integrated with the department of critical care in order to provide comprehensive care to patients requiring life support. A team of highly qualified intensive care specialists are available round the clock. Apart from the expertise the department is well equipped with the latest diagnostic & therapeutic technologies in the field of respiratory care. 

The facilities include:

·         Pulmonary function laboratory & Video assisted Bronchoscopy

·         Routinely doing Video Assisted Bronchoscopy, Sleep Studies and Pulmonary Function Test.

·         Dealing with very critical respiratory patients with the help of State of the Art equipment eg. Latest ventilators and support systems.