I3wm on Manjaro - text size on i3bar and dwm reduces with each refresh

I am using Manjaro latest stable thinkpad t440. I use i3-gaps and dwm. However, with each refresh, the text size becomes smaller. After about 4-5 refreshes of i3, the text to check which workspace I am on nor dwm searches are not visible to naked eye.

It seems similar issue is reported on reddit com/r/i3wm/comments/iz2z4c/i3status_bar_becomes_really_small_when_i_hit/

I would like to know what options I could try.

Thank you.

What do you mean with refresh?