Can smog give you a sore throat in Cairo?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 17, 2012 7:49 AM Last Post By: catw
Oct 11, 2012 2:17 PM
Can smog give you a sore throat in Cairo?Hi all,
I've been in Cairo for a bit over a week now, with visibly thick smog, and today my throat started to hurt and got worse in the afternoon -- sort of like the irritation you'd feel from a throat infection (hopefully not the case). I've read this can be caused by severe air pollution.
I just wanted to know from other people's experience staying in Cairo at the height of smog season whether this might be a symptom of the latter, and whether it will pass with a bit of resting indoors. I do a lot of walking normally and today I did walk far out of my way in central Cairo.
(I'm also moving to Ma'adi instead of Islamic Cairo; don't know if the air is clearer there?)
Thank you for any thoughts/feedback.
PS: Apologies for the redundancy if you see this in the TripAdvisor forum as well, but for such a random specific question I wanted to get the input of many different people if possible.
Oct 11, 2012 3:43 PM
1While that has not happened to me in Cairo, I have no doubt that smog could cause an irritation in your throat. After all you're breathing in particulates in the air which your body is not used to.
Hopefully it won't get too bad. Good luck.
Oct 12, 2012 2:50 AM
2Certain times of year brings on the Cairo Cough. Usually in periods of calm weather. Plus, and I think it is now, the farmers in the north of the country burn their fields to make them ready for the next growing season. This practice is frowned upon and possibly has been made illegal (I stand corrected on that) but still occurs. It causes problems for many locals especially vulnerable adults and children. The smoke from the burning does tend to drift to Cairo. The only respite is leaving the city and gaining height. I used to live a few hundred metres above Cairo and suffered very little.
Oct 12, 2012 3:36 AM
3I forgot to mention that if you do a Google search on 'black cloud Cairo' there are numerous articles.
One such is -
As the summer heat fades, a so-called “black cloud” settles over the city, smothering the Nile Delta in a black-brown haze that burns people’s eyes and throats.
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