Did you know the third week of September is known as Asthma Peak week? Every year like clockwork this specific week in September sees the most asthma attacks in the country. This increase in asthma attacks is caused by people being exposed to more allergy and asthma triggers. Children go back to school and are exposed to dust and mold in school buildings. Also, September is the month that ragweed pollen is in full swing. Flu season is also approaching, and this can cause asthma flare ups. It is important to always be prepared for asthma episodes, especially during this time of year.

Here are important ways to protect yourself from next week’s Asthma Peak week.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Remove your shoes before going indoors. This will help avoid bringing pollen and mold indoors.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Recognize the early warning signs of an asthma attack.
  • Follow your asthma action plan at first sign of symptoms.
  • If you start to have an emergency or experience emergency symptoms, get help!

 

If you do not have an asthma action plan, it is important to meet with an allergist to create one. An asthma action plan is a plan that illustrates important information on how to handle asthma episodes. It includes what medicines the person should be taking, symptoms to look out for, how to recognize when symptoms are not improving but instead worsening, and it details what to do in the case of an emergency. An allergist at National Allergy & ENT can help you create an asthma action plan that will be best suited to your needs. An allergist from National Allergy & ENT can also assist you in preparing for Asthma Peak week. To schedule an appointment you can call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.