Images of Bangkok residents allegedly coughing up blood and suffering nosebleeds due to the city’s pollution crisis have emerged on social media.
It has been reported that the ultra-fine dust particles known as PM2.5 originated from traffic exhaust, construction works, burning crops and factories around Bangkok.
In the past few weeks, locals have been wearing masks to protect themselves from the thick smog that has blanketed the Thai capital. The panic caused by the viral images has resulted in many shops running out of supply for pollution masks, Metro reports.
Netizens from the city have since been sharing images of bloody noses and bloodshot eyes on social media, claiming to be caused by pollution.
Facebook user Nutthawut Sirichainarumi shared a photo of blood in his hand after sneezing. The mask worn by the office worker was also photographed to be completely soaked in blood.
Blaming the city’s dark skies, he wrote: “Two days ago, my nose was hurt when breathing. I sneezed all night and it was the even worse when my sneeze had blood the next morning.”
“I was totally shocked because I never sneezed blood before in my entire life. I believe the dust is to blame.”
Meanwhile, another netizen named Seine Premmanuspaisal said he was diagnosed with a lung infection after vomiting and coughing up blood for three days.
Noting that he had never had respiratory problems before, he said: “The polluted air also brings germs and viruses that gradually affect our bodies.
“Even though you think you’re healthy, this horrible environment is going to disturb you in some way.”
Recent reports also revealed that even pets are now suffering from smog-related illnesses.
According to a veterinarian from Pet & Aquatic Animal Hospital in Bangkok, a rabbit with a bleeding nose was recently brought in. The vet has said that the pet suffered from nose bleeds since the owner’s house has been covered in the smog for weeks.
The clinic is also treating a poodle that has lost its voice for several days. It also had difficulty breathing due to the dust, which was found through an X-ray image, covering in its lungs, trachea, and alveoli.
“I hope the story of my dog will alert people about how terrible the pollution is,” the dog owner was quoted as saying.
“The dust problem has been going on for a while now and we have no idea when it is going to fade away. All we have to do is protect ourselves and our loved ones.”