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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:17 am 
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Everyone at this time of year is back to school. While the house might be quieter during the day, I can tell you that both my office and emergency rooms across the country reflect what has come to be known as the week 38 phenomenon.

Research has shown that hospitals see a sudden spike in emergency room visits for both children and adults who suffer from asthma. Mid September, just where are right now in the calendar, sees this flurry in flares. Why? There are a number of reasons why. Among them viral respiratory infections begin to rise and kids in close contact at school spread these viral infections from one to another. Kids bring the infections home to their adults. In addition there are also allergens in the air and children are exposed to children who may bring allergens on their clothing from home, such as cat allergen.

About 25 per cent of all children's asthma hospitalizations are known to occur in the five week period after kids go back to school. Often over the summer, kids can become complacent about taking their asthma medication. Couple that with close crowding, virus transmission and allergens create what many have called the perfect storm for an asthma flare.




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