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Asthma Symptoms Pick-Up When Kids Head Back To School
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on September 06, 2013 @ 8:42AM
Created on September 05, 2013 @ 5:32PM

Children have been back to school for at least a couple weeks now. Unfortunately, doctors say this is the time when asthma attacks are on the rise. Studies show every year around two weeks into the school year, a few different factors cause children's asthma to trigger.

According to Dr. Alicia Maddix with United Hospital Center, these triggers are inflammation of the air way, swelling, and mucus production.

Asthma is exactly that, when you have trouble breathing due to your airway somehow being blocked.

"Our grandchildren get the snotty noses, watery noses, and the nagging cough this time of the year," said Sheila Reel, Lewis County Resident.

There are a few different reasons kids suffer from asthma more severely when they head back to school.

"The number one reason for kids is colds and the flu. They get back into school that's when cold and flue season starts, so they're getting viral infections which is a big trigger for kids. Another big one is allergies," said Dr. Maddix.

Allergies seem to be very common this time of year for people of all ages.  Allergies and viruses are a major trigger, but so is one more thing.  

"They don't always take their medications in the summer. Most kids are better. They have less symptoms so they may stop their medications or back off of their medications a little bit. And then they get back into school, start having those triggers and so the symptoms come back," said Dr. Maddix.

Just because kids are the ones going back to school, doesn't mean they're the only ones who have to worry about asthma.

"It can show up at any age, just depending on the triggers for that particular persons asthma," said Dr. Maddix.

5 News met one woman Thursday who said after years of being in good health, she now has to carry an inhaler with her everyday.

"I've never had any asthma ever and I  had a bad experience when I was home. I had mowed some grass that was wet. I've never had asthma before and it was really bad. When you can't catch your breath it scares you. She said I'm the type who doesn't have asthma every day but the type I have could kill me," said Reel.

If you or your child is having trouble breathing and could possibly have asthma, see your doctor as soon as possible.


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