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Why Fall Is Worst Season for Children's Asthma

Does your child struggle with asthma? Do their symptoms seem to get worse in the fall? After a summer of relatively low incidence of attacks, many parents are shocked when their child suddenly begins to struggle again.

At the Allergy Relief Clinic in Richardson, Texas, Dr. Rafiquddin Rahimi believes in educating children and their parents about how different seasons and environments can cause changes in allergy and asthmatic conditions and how to guard against the worst of asthma attacks.

Common asthma triggers

Asthma attacks can be triggered by a wide range of circumstances. Your child might be particularly sensitive to any of the following:

Tracking your child’s asthma symptoms and matching them to patterns of exposure can help you learn their triggers. 

Fall dangers for asthma patients

Fall and winter have the highest incidence of asthma attacks -- in fact, the third week in September is called asthma week because of peak numbers of asthma attacks. Ragweed is flourishing, leading to bouts of hay fever and rhinitis. Even breathing cold dry air can trigger chest constriction and an asthma attack.

Children going back to school are exposed to dust and even mold in classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, and locker walls. They are also exposed to a massive increase in germs and viruses in their surrounding environment.

This is the real danger in the fall and winter for children with asthma. Viruses account for around 80% of asthma attacks, meaning your child can be at increased risk if they catch a respiratory illness from a classmate.

Upper respiratory infections (URIs) caused by viruses can move down into the lower chest and trigger spasmodic coughing and shortness of breath. These are prime conditions for an asthma attack to occur. If your child is running outside in the cool air, the chances of an attack can be even higher. 

Asthma management 

Managing your child’s asthma during the fall and winter months will have to be a joint effort among you, your child, their doctor, and the school staff. Make sure teachers and administrators know your child has asthma. Ensure that your child has a rescue inhaler available at all times. If there is a severe outbreak of viral infection at the school, consider keeping your child home for a few days.

For more information about controlling children’s asthma in the fall and winter, contact our office at 972-435-0338, or book a consultation online today.

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