Why Asthma and Allergies Get Worse in September

This message and information are provided courtesy of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Take Action During Asthma Peak Month

In September, asthma attacks, hospital stays, and deaths tend to be the highest. Why? Ragweed pollen, respiratory illnesses, and extreme weather events all happen this month. Plus, kids are back in school and are exposed to poor indoor air quality. This is called Asthma Peak Month, or the September Asthma Epidemic.

What can you do? Here are some things you can do now to help prevent asthma attacks:

  • Follow your Asthma Action Plan
  • Get your vaccines
  • Wear a face mask
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay away from sick people
  • Improve your indoor air quality
  • If your asthma is not under control, contact your doctor right away.

Protecting Children During Asthma Peak Month

Children are affected the most by Asthma Peak Month. When they return to school, they face an onslaught of respiratory illnesses, allergens, and poor indoor air quality in schools. Along with following the tips above, use AAFA’s School Zone for resources to help you and school staff manage your child’s asthma and allergies at school.

Even though fall is approaching, heat waves are still happening. If your child’s asthma is triggered by heat and they attend a school without air conditioning, read these tips from allergist John James to help manage your child’s asthma in hot temps.

Ohio AAP’s Asthma Quality Improvement (QI) program is returning after 10 years!

Our upcoming program will teach pediatric healthcare providers throughout Ohio how to achieve measurable improvement in asthma outcomes by implementing appropriate guidelines, asthma action plan and key practice changes. For more information, visit https://ohioaap.org/qi-programs-moc-iv/asthma.

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