Health & Fitness

How to Protect Yourself from KL Haze

8 ways to survive the hazardous haze in KL

Every year like clockwork, KL-ites are bummed by the suffocating haze surrounding the city. Scratchy throat, red eyes, and breathing problems are aplenty, while those with asthma can only suffer in silence.

However, the aforementioned are ‘only’ minor health issues; the real threats including lung diseases that haunt those exposed by haze. It is normal to feel angry and annoyed at this manmade phenomena, especially when the country suffers as a result of burning from somewhere else – with not much that we can do about.

Playing the blame game is futile, but we should continue voicing out through the power of social media. For now, read these crucial tips to survive these health-challenging days:

1. Keep the haze out

Before leaving the house, make sure all your windows and ventilation outlets are closed. It is better to come back to still air rather than a million haze particles that will settle inside your home for a long while. Practice this until the city’s air purity level goes up to ‘moderate’ and ‘good’. Constantly check the news updates and Department of Environment’s website to stay in the know.

2. Use air purifier indoors

Once you get back home, always turn on the air purifier to filter the air – because the soft particles of haze could still seep into the house even after closing all your windows and doors. If you have yet to get an air purifier at home, try boiling some water and let the steam fill up the room to clear the air.

3. Drink at least 2 litres of water a day

The key is to stay hydrated. Haze toxins absorbed by our lungs and skin force our kidneys to work extra hard, so we need to help them in excreting the toxins by staying hydrated.

4. Stay away from alcohol & coffee

In regards to the previous point, alcohol and coffee dehydrate our system – which makes it even harder for the kidneys to function in hazy days like these. It is hard to go coffee-less, but stay strong for the sake of well-functioning kidneys!

5. Boost your immunity with superfoods

Healthy diet is important at all times, but in hazy days – it is a definite must. If you are determined not to suffer from a scratchy throat or runny nose, then do your part: eat healthily. Make sure you have sufficient daily intake of protein, calcium, refined carbs, and ‘good’ fats. With balanced diet – you should have enough amount of vitamin C, E, and Omega-3 without having to source them from capsules. For a balanced diet guide, read our feature here.

6. Must-have items in your bag: face mask, eye drops, water bottle, tissue, wet wipes

Stay indoors as much as possible, but when you do have to go out, put on a face mask. These items could be your instant fixes in case of red eyes, scratchy throat, and mild trouble with breathing. After going outdoors, wipe your hands immediately.

7. Wash your hands & face regularly

As much as we try not to be exposed to haze toxins, our skin will still absorb it. Do not be shy or reluctant to wash your hands and face in public places. After going out, shower immediately to cleanse away the toxin residues.

8. See the doctors immediately after health problems

For those with breathing problems (eg. asthma) and skin problems (eg. eczema), always be prepared with your medical solutions during the haze period. For those who experience sudden health problems – especially to do with breathing, see the doctor immediately. However, be informed it is common to experience runny nose because the body produces extra mucus to excrete the toxins.

Stay healthy and share these health tips with your fellow Malaysians. We can’t immediately stop the annual haze problem, but we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from health issues.

To check on the current API reading of your town/state, click here or here. Also, Google has launched a South East Asian haze ‘Crisis Map’ to help you keep track of the air quality levels around this region. 

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