Allergy Alert: Fall, Winter Worse For Kids With Asthma

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Asthma may affect as many as one out of ten children in the US.During the fall months and in to winter we see a tremendous increase in the number of children with active symptomatic asthma.A respiratory viral infection is a rather frequent co-conspirator responsible for a higher number of children suffering with worsening asthma.Other important factors include a change in weather, cooler, drier air as well as increased exposure to indoor allergens. Another issue is children who are given less medication during the later summer and early fall now more than ever need a provider directed asthma regimen to prepare for cold and flu season as well as winter.

According to a study presented at a meeting held by the American College of Chest Physicians it was observed that October and November are the peak months for children's asthma, including ER visits, hospitalizations as well as needed asthma medication. Make it an ideal time to review asthma "action plan" (including the proper use of a peak flow meter) with your physician or health care provider at:

What are some symptoms that may indicate that your child's asthma may not be well controlled?

  • Recurrent and persistent cough
  • Cough as a result of exposure to pets, exercise and even laughing
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing or catching your breath
  • Tightness of the chest and "congestion"
  • Worsening asthma after cold virus and sinus infections
  • Nighttime cough
  • Increased use of quick reliever "rescue" inhalers

Why are more children suffering from asthma?

Read on in an upcoming blog in order to assist you in reducing asthma symptoms in your child.Don't forget the flu shot!

Dr. Clifford W. Bassettis an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Long Island College Hospital and on the faculty of NYU School of Medicine.He is the current vice chair for public education committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.