Asthma Attacks Peak in September

People with asthma – some 25 million in the U.S. – need to take extra precautions during the month of September, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).(1) Asthma hospitalizations rise this month, with 22% of asthma hospital admissions for children occurring in September.(1) The third week of September each year is designated as Allergy Peak Week.

Approximately 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma, according to the AAAFA. This figure equals one in 13 Americans, including 7% of children and 8% of adults.(1) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year 1.6 million visits to the emergency departments are due to asthma.(2)

Asthma attacks are more frequent in September for several reasons, states the AAFA. It is the height of ragweed season in many areas of the country, and at the same time falling leaves result in higher mold counts. School buildings that have been closed for months open, sometimes with a buildup of irritants. While the September surge in asthma attacks affects mainly children, adults can be affected as well.(3)

Extra precautions can help asthma sufferers stay safe during the month of September. Allergy and Asthma Network offers these strategies for young people:

  • Make sure all medications are refilled
  • Keep or carry medications at school, particularly a quick-relief inhaler
  • Wash hands frequently to reduce risk of catching a cold or virus
  • Identify and avoid environmental triggers; if pollen is a problem, talk with teachers about staying inside from outdoor activities
  • Get the flu vaccine
  • Follow an asthma action plan and provide one to the school nurse

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(1) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Asthma Facts and Figures,

(2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asthma,

(3) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Brace Yourselves: The Biggest Week for Asthma Attacks is Coming,

(4) Allergy and Asthma Network, How to Avoid the September Asthma Peak,