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It’s the worst week of the year for people with asthma and allergies! Expert warns the third week of September is ‘peak week’ for ER visits linked to the conditions as illnesses like the flu wave and pollen count reach seasonal peaks
- Experts warn third week of September is ‘peak week’ for asthma and allergy complications
- A combination of a high prevalence of ragweed and the onset of the flu season leads to an increase in doctor visits
- About 15% of Americans suffer from pollen allergies to ragweed, which exacerbate asthma symptoms
- dr. Robert McDermott advises allergy sufferers to seek care that can relieve their symptoms
A combination of ragweed pollen and the start of flu season could make this week the worst of the year for allergy and asthma sufferers in the US, experts warn.
dr. Robert McDermott, a board-certified allergist and immunologist at AllerVie, told DailyMail.com that the third week of September — between 18 and 24 this year — is often a time when doctors report a sharp increase in allergy and asthma-related visits. . The period has earned the title of ‘peak week’ among experts.
This is because ragweed, one of the most common fall allergens, is reaching one of the highest pollen counts of the year in parts of America, combined with the onset of flu season and the return to school across the country, limiting the spread of infectious disease. .
McDermott recommends that parents who have children who suffer from asthma or severe allergies equip a school nurse with medications their child may need in case severe symptoms develop. Adults who suffer from asthma or severe allergies may also want to see a doctor, as there are effective treatments available for allergies that many are completely unaware of.
The third week of September, from 18 to 24 of this year, is considered allergy “peak week” by experts due to the spate of complications caused by the flu and airborne ragweed pollen (file photo)
“Peak allergy week is the third week in September where we see the greatest increase in asthma exacerbations and increased allergy symptoms in patients in the US,” McDermott said.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that asthma episodes and attacks will increase throughout September as multiple factors combine to create problems for patients.
Ragweeds, common along the East Coast and Midwest, begin to reach maturity in late August.
dr. Robert McDermott (pictured), a board-certified allergist and immunologist at AllerVie, said he expects the flu to return this year after quiet seasons in recent years.
By mid-to-late September, the weeds have massively spread pollen spores into the environment, causing a problem for the estimated 15 percent of Americans who suffer from the allergy.
For people with asthma, this situation can get even worse, as their already limited airways can narrow. This can cause shortness of breath and, in the most severe cases, trigger an asthma attack.
The flu outbreak will also make it worse. Cases of the common respiratory disease will begin to increase in the coming weeks, with usually the end of September when the revival first begins.
Combine this with schools across the US, which have completely reverted to personal learning as breeding grounds for flu outbreaks.
Although rarely fatal, the common flu is still often dangerous for people with asthma.
It can cause the airways to become inflamed, causing them to narrow or even close, causing asthma symptoms.
Some fear this could also be a particularly problematic flu season, as Australia — whose flu season is during the U.S. summer months — has had its worst flu season in half a decade this year, with peak cases three times higher than usual.
McDermott says parents should equip their child this week with allergy medications and devices that can help manage their asthma (file photo)
With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the spread of the flu for the past two years, many do not have the necessary antibodies to fight it as easily as before – leading to rising cases and more serious infections.
McDermott expects the flu to return to normal levels in the US this year as well, posing a greater problem for asthma and allergy sufferers.
However, those who are at risk for more severe symptoms do not have to accept their suffering alone.
McDermott recommends that people take active steps to protect themselves this week and throughout the fall.
For children, parents should make sure they have allergy medications and devices such as an inhaler that can treat asthma at school. These can even be given to a school nurse for safekeeping.
He recommends adults consult a medical professional about treatment to manage their allergies, as well as make sure their immune systems are less “hyperactive” when exposed to inflammatory triggers like pollen.