new Delhi23 minutes agoAuthor: Aditya Singh
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- Due to fluorosis, the teeth become yellow and the bones cropped, eating clean water and nutritious food can avoid it.
- 83% cases of fluorosis in the country in only five states, according to the government, risky areas reduced by 80% in 10 years
Fluorosis is a major disease in India, but recently the government told in Lok Sabha that cases of fluorosis are decreasing in the country. Fluorosis is caused by drinking excess fluoride water. This causes teeth and bones to become crooked. Thousands of people are suffering from the disease in 296 villages of Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh, of which hundreds die every year. In this area, the amount of fluoride in drinking water is found in excess. The government has been claiming to provide pure water for the last several years, but it has not been done so far.
According to the India Water Portal, it is difficult for anyone to live a normal life once fluorosis occurs. Experts say that it is better not to allow fluorosis. According to India Science Wire, fluorosis is not only caused by contaminated water, we should take care of many things besides water.
7 ways to avoid fluorosis-
1. Water check
Add the chemical used for testing in the water sample, if it turns the color of the water yellow, it means that the amount of fluoride in the water is too high. If it turns pink then it is clear that there is less fluoride in the water.
2. Blood and urine test
The presence of fluoride in the blood indicates that fluoride has entered your body. If this quantity is 0.05mg / 1, it can be dangerous for health. So get blood and urine tested.
3. Get X-rays done when symptoms show
Skeletal fluorosis can be detected with the help of X-rays. We should especially do x-rays of long bones and also those bones in which the effect of the disease is seen.
4. Drink filter water
Use fluoride removal filters for drinking water. Fluoride can be removed from filters using activated alumina. Filters prepared by the INREM Foundation contain Zero-B, which can remove any bacteria.
5. Collect rain water
Very little or no fluoride is found in rain water. So we can store water falling on the roof in a tank during rainy days. It can be filtered and drunk later. Apart from this, if the rain water accumulates somewhere, then the quality of the water coming out of the ground is also better.
6. Get the water tested
Check for fluoride treatment of drinking water used in the home, such as tap, tube well, well. You can also filter the water coming out of it and drink it.
7. Calcium and Vitamin C rich diet
If you are not eating calcium, magnesium and vitamin-C foods, the risk of fluorosis increases. You can also take a medical supplement, which contains calcium, magnesium, vitamin D-3 and zinc, with the advice of a doctor. Vitamin C supplements can be taken separately.
What are the symptoms of fluorosis?
According to the India Water Portal, the symptoms of fluorosis are very clear. The main symptoms of fluorosis are excess yellowing of the teeth, front or backward movement of the arms and legs, swelling around the knees, difficulty bending or sitting, joint pain, and heavy stomach. On seeing such symptoms, doctors should be consulted without delay.
The reason for fluorosis is not just water
Last year, a survey was conducted in four fluoride affected villages of West Bengal. According to India Science Wire, despite drinking fluoride-contaminated water in this survey, fluoride levels in people’s urine samples did not match the amount of fluoride present in drinking water. This means that fluoride is reaching the body from sources other than water. According to scientists, along with soil, food items like wheat, rice and potatoes can also cause fluorosis.
More than 1.2 million fluorosis patients in India