Third week of September known as 'Asthma Peak Week' - WNEM TV 5

Third week of September known as 'Asthma Peak Week'

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For the more than six million American children who suffer from asthma this is a dangerous time of the month.

The third week of September is notoriously becoming known as "Asthma Peak Week" by schools and doctors as levels of germs and irritants are high and families can get lax about using medications.

A recent study shows increases in pediatric asthma attacks and doctor visits during the month.

“As [kids are] going back to school there's a new allergen in the air called ragweed pollen and that triggers a lot of asthma attacks in children and on top of that there's a surge in viruses,” Dr. Purvi Parikh with the Allergy & Asthma Network said.

Parikh said it’s critical parents look for warning signs and symptoms and make sure kids use inhalers when necessary.

“Typical symptoms of an asthma attack are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain,” Parikh said.

She also said it’s important parents have an asthma action plan with the school so teachers know the signs and how to react.

Doctors also encourage parents to make sure all their children’s’ prescriptions are up-to-date to keep their asthma under control.

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