Change of seasons and respiratory diseases: the point with a pulmonologist

By Hafida Ouajmane and Anas Zaidaoui on 09/19/2022 at 09:30

Professor Abdelaziz Aichane, pulmonologist and allergist.

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VideoFlu, asthma attack, bronchitis… Respiratory problems multiply as autumn approaches, due in particular to the appearance of viruses in the air. Update with Professor Abdelaziz Aichane, pulmonologist and allergist.

In an interview for The360Professor Abdelaziz Aichane indicates that the climatic changes caused by the change of seasons can cause several respiratory diseases, especially in children.

“We have noticed since the beginning of September that with the change in climate, many patients are suffering from acute bronchitis and asthma attacks, especially children. During this last week, we have also diagnosed several cases of influenza in the patients. This is characterized by fever, headache, muscle aches and cough. In this case, we prescribe antibiotics”, he underlines.

Unlike previous years, underlines Professor Abdelaziz Aichane, respiratory diseases appeared earlier this year: “Usually, the diagnosis of respiratory problems is done more in October. This year, it started in September and particularly in patients who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure or in the elderly.

The multiplication of respiratory problems and the appearance of flu and cold symptoms as autumn approaches are due in particular to the multiplication of viruses in the air. “The main cause is the sudden change in climate and the spread of dust, particles and viruses in the air, which, when breathed in, can cause infections and sometimes asthma attacks,” says Professor Abdelaziz Aichane.

For the specialist, prevention remains the best solution to avoid complications, especially in the elderly. “Prevention is very important, especially for people who suffer from chronic diseases. These people must follow their treatments to the letter and consult their doctor as soon as any respiratory problem appears. In addition, it is advisable to get vaccinated against the flu when possible to avoid complications and serious forms,” he explains.

By Hafida Ouajmane and Anas Zaidaoui

The article is in French

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