Saharan Dust: Be prepared

Updated: Feb 18

Saharan Dust blows across the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert in West Africa to different parts of the world Especially countries such as Grenada, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. It appears as a thick blanket of brown dust and can cause a number of unwanted respiratory problems.

So who should be on the alert and are at risk of complications?

Persons with allergies or sinus issues especially Asthmatics should be on the alert and prepare for the blow over of the Saharan Dust. During this time, these persons are at risk of worsening symptoms such as cough, runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing and for persons who have Asthma, this is the time that asthma attacks can become more and more frequent or severe. Others may have an inflammatory response to the dust as well as itchy/watery eyes, swelling of throat or eyes, runny or stuffy nose and even headaches.

How to prepare?

Those who have allergies or sinus issues should stock up on antihistamines, nasal sprays, nasal decongestants and even nasal saline drops or washes. Use these products if ever symptoms arise Or worsens. Pain relief medications should also be at hand.

As for Asthmatics, refill all prescriptions of asthma medications and emergency preventative inhalers as well adequate supply of other medications such as antihistamines. Make sure to keep emergency numbers for the nearest medical facility, next of kin, neighbors, family/friends at close reach in case of an asthma attack.

Signs of Asthma Attack include:-


Excessive bouts of cough

Shortness of breath

Difficulty talking

Chest tightness/pain

Pale appearance to face

Foods to avoid with Sinus allergies:-

Dairy Products

Refined sugars

Sweet Drinks

Wine and alcohol

Red Meats

Spicy Foods

All foods That You are allergic to

The above foods are known to increase and thicken mucous secretions thus worsening congestion.

All Asthmatics and persons who have allergies or sinus issues are advised to remain indoors to prevent hazardous outcomes.



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