Turkish scientists have investigated the health risks of ‘desert dust’ for 5 years

Vice President of the Turkish Society of Thoracology, Prof. Dr. In the study published in the International Scientific Journal, where Hasan Bayram and his team reviewed 650,000 patient claims over 5 years, desert dust was shown to increase asthma-related hospitalizations and deaths , COPD and respiratory tract infections.

teacher. Dr. Bayram and Assoc. Dr. Under the guidance of Mustafa Boğan, A 5-year study was conducted on the effects of desert dust and temperature increases on lung disease.

650,000 patient requests were reviewed

In the study, which covers all hospitals in and around Gaziantep, one of the most desert dust-affected provinces in Turkey, 650,000 patients who presented to the emergency room with various lung conditions were examined and followed. The research, the results of which have been reported, was recently published in the journal “Allergy” of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, which is considered one of the most respected publications in its field.


teacher. Dr. Hasan Bayram, in his statement, shared the results of research conducted on desert dust, which has also been effective in various parts of Turkey over the past two days. Stressing that desert dust storms are an important result of global climate change, Bayram recalled that Europe and various parts of the world have been affected by desert dust in recent weeks.

Stating that dust from the North African desert in Turkey is affecting the southern regions, while dust from the Middle East, Syria and Iraq is affecting the southeastern Anatolia region, Bayram said. declared:

In the study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, in which we looked at 650,000 claims made to hospitals with lung disorders over 5 years, deaths from desert dust associated to asthma, COPD, respiratory tract infections and coagulation pulmonary vascular occlusion, emergency hospitalizations and “We have found that this increases hospitalizations. Similarly, increases in temperature have been found to affect negatively to lung health.”


teacher. Dr. Bayram pointed out that as a result of studies conducted in different parts of the world, it has been determined that desert dust causes an increase in deaths from asthma, COPD, chronic lung diseases, as well as heart and other diseases.

Explaining that the aforementioned chronic diseases can worsen during the period of intense desert dust, Bayram shared the following information:

“Studies show that emergency hospitalizations and hospitalizations due to these diseases are increasing due to desert dust. Desert dust also causes flu-like symptoms such as headache, dry throat and sore throat, nose flowing in healthy people who do not have chronic diseases. Except for people with heart disease, the elderly are more affected by desert dust because their lung capacity is reduced, and children because their lungs are not yet fully developed.


teacher. Dr. Emphasizing that particularly sensitive groups should take precautions to protect themselves from desert dust, Bayram continued:

“It is important that chronic patients, the elderly and children at risk in particular stay indoors during the period when desert dusts are effective. Doors and windows should be closed as much as possible in the house and dust must be kept out. If it is necessary to go out, masks used for pandemics must be worn. These masks are partially covered. Although this helps with protection, it reduces the level of inhaled dust.

Bayram also said it is important for asthma and COPD patients, whose medication needs may increase due to their complaints during this period, to contact their doctor and arrange treatment.


teacher. Dr. Hasan Bayram pointed out that the real solution to the problem is the fight against global climate change.

Stating that there is a need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, Bayram stressed the importance of investing in renewable clean energy sources such as solar and wind power.

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