Story by: Kim Huston on September 16, 2020
There is a week every September when asthma attacks, asthma episodes and hospitalizations from asthma are at their highest. Known as “asthma peak week” by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the third week of September provides a perfect storm of asthma triggers being in abundance, such as ragweed pollen, mold, respiratory infections and dust. What can parents do to help during asthma peak week?
The third week of September is one of the worst for allergies because ragweed pollen, dust mites and mold counts are often at their highest during this time, which coincides with the start of the school year as well as the beginning of cold and flu season. With all of these happening at the same time, it can hard for children and families who experience asthma.
Knowing that this happens yearly can help families plan and be prepared, as well as take extra precautions if necessary. Families with children with asthma can take some steps to limit the effects of peak week, and asthma in general, including:
“Asthma peak week is not something that families should fear,” said Ronald L. Morton, M.D., pediatric pulmonologist with Norton Children’s Pulmonology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. “Knowing this time of year can be difficult for children with asthma can help families be mindful and take precautions that they’re likely already taking.”