As a child growing up I was deathly allergic to eucalyptus trees, if I ever came across them it would send me into asthma fit and my parents always had to carry my inhaler just in case. Did you know that 1 in 12 children have asthma? In all, 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with it and this weeks a prime time for asthma sufferers.
Asthma is one of the most common and costly diseases. It’s more common in children than in adults. It’s more common in boys than in girls. But many asthma sufferers have not heard of the most life-threatening time of the year – called PEAK WEEK – this week the third week of September.
Why is It Recognized this week?
In an article recently Peter DeMarco wrote about discovering this unique phenomenon only after his 32-year-old wife died on in mid-September of a severe asthma attack.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma attacks spike throughout September because it is the height of ragweed season, with pollen from 17 different species filling the air. Ragweed is known to trigger asthma attacks. September is also a critical month because children are returning to school and are exposed to viruses and other asthma triggers. So the THIRD week of September becomes a “perfect storm” of sorts.
IS ASTHMA DEADLY OR JUST UNCOMFORTABLE?
Asthma claims 10 lives every day – and that is 10 too many.
If you or someone you know has asthma… be sure they know about Peak Week so they can be more vigilant and not leave home without proper medications. And, above all: “Tell someone you’re having an attack” – it could save your life.
Janet Allison is a parenting expert and she has a blog called ” BOYS ALIVE DOT COM, check it out, it contains advice for all kids