Fall is one of the most dangerous times for people with asthma, especially children. Asthmatics often enjoy a reprieve from symptoms during the summer months, but ER visits for asthma increase during September and October. Some refer to this as the "September Asthma Epidemic." High fall pollen levels, anxiety and changing schedules due to school starting, as well as increased viral exposures, all contribute to the fall peak.
Here are some good reminders, for both children and adults, during this season and throughout the year:
- Identify and avoid your asthma triggers.
- Have an appropriate treatment plan for allergies, one of the most common triggers of asthma symptoms.
- Make sure your child’s Asthma Action Plan is current and provided to the school.
- Take your asthma medications as prescribed, even when you feel well and your asthma is controlled.
- Wash hands frequently, eat nutritious meals, and get plenty of rest.
- Get a flu shot (all family members).
- Visit your allergist for regular asthma check-ups to maintain good control. As children grow, medications may need to be adjusted.
The physicians at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma are experts in the diagnosis and management of asthma and allergic diseases. Schedule an appointment at one of our 17 locations for an accurate diagnosis and a management plan to keep your family healthy and active this season.