Paints contain harmful chemicals such as mercury, silica, lead, glass, and pesticides or detergents that are toxic to the skin, eyes, and even lungs. These dyes can enter the body through the mouth and cause conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). More information about what exactly this disease is, Dr. Chetan Jain, Pulmonologist, Zynova Shalbi Hospitals, Dr. Aniket Mule, Internal Medicine Expert, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road and Dr. Tanvi Bhatt, Pulmonologist, SRV Hospital, Chembur by (Photo courtesy – iStock)
Symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
It is an inflammatory lung disease that obstructs the flow of air through the lungs. See what are its symptoms –
- Inability to breathe
- Mucus (sputum) production
- Wheezing in the chest
Stay away if you have a respiratory illness
Dr. Chetan says that if you already know that you have any breathing problems, it is best to stay away from colors. Care must be taken when applying color. Pay attention to these things –
- Avoid applying face paint as much as possible, as doing so can be dangerous and can often end up in the mouth
- If you are playing Holi, apply moisturizer and sunscreen on your face so that the color fades away easily
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The color of Holi affects the lungs
Holi colors can harm your lungs. Irritants can cause respiratory problems. If you play Holi, play it in a safe manner so that you can enjoy it and the colors are also safe to use. These chemical dyes increase the risk of COPD and other respiratory problems. Be careful while playing Holi.
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Take care of small children too
Just like adults, kids should be careful and play Holi with only natural colors. But often inhalation of dry colors can also aggravate asthma/COPD. Try to avoid Color Inhalation as it may cause coughing or difficulty breathing, says Dr. Aniket Mule, Internal Medicine Expert, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road explains.
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If the color enters the body through the mouth
Holi is one of the most favorite festivals in which people come together to celebrate it. There are some health issues associated with the use of Holi colors that may cause one to face health problems. Colors also cause runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose and pneumonitis which leads to chest congestion, difficulty breathing and fatigue. While playing Holi using natural colors, it is advisable to be safe. Dr Tanvi Bhatt, pulmonologist, SRV Hospital, Chembur, also explained that if any dye accidentally enters your body through your mouth, consult a specialist.