The September Asthma Peak

Did you know that more asthma attacks occur in September than in any other month?

A study published in the journal Pediatrics earlier this year found that asthma-related healthcare visits double during the month of September when compared with August.

Many factors contribute to the “September asthma peak.” Asthma triggers, like ragweed, mold and pollen, increase at the end of summer. Also, as the weather cools down and older children return to school, many kids transition from spending most of their time outside to spending more time inside. In many cases, being indoors increases children’s exposure to asthma triggers such as mold and dust mites as well as viruses that trigger breathing problems.

As a reminder, the WIND Study asks that you take a Healthcare Swab every time your child has a breathing problem that prompts you to visit a healthcare provider.

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Cohen HA, Blau H, Hosen M, Batat E, Balicer RD. Seasonality of asthma; a retrospective population study. Pediatrics. 2014 Apr; 133(4):e923-32.