Spike in wheezing cases – Dr. Perera

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With the present increasing number of Covid-19 cases, Consultant Paediatrician at Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH), Dr. Deepal Perera said the hospital had witnessed a spike in the number of wheezing patients being admitted.

Dr. Perera said that this may be as a result of the young patients contracting Covid-19, influenza, or a viral infection. But the low level of testing being conducted at the LRH was one factor which prevented doctors from pinpointing the cause of the increasing number of wheezing patients that were being admitted. If 12 patients are admitted, at least six of them suffered with wheezing. 

On the other hand, with the dry spell that has set in, the dust level in the atmosphere has increased. People, including young children have stopped using the mask. A smoking parent and grandparent or another family member having influenza can result in the child contracting the illness, resulting in his or her wheezing condition.

The Consultant Paediatrician said patients may develop difficulty in breathing post Covid-19 or influenza. Patients even develop abdominal pain as a result.

He said young patients are not tested for Covid unless they are suspected cases. But most young patients are scared of the test, he said. 

By Dilanthi Jayamanne