The end of the summer is rapidly approaching, and that means that parents around the country are busy getting ready for back-to-school season. Over the next few short weeks, parents will have to take care of everything from school physicals and initial parent-teacher meetings to changing childcare and transportation schedules. As a parent myself, I know that this is already more than enough to worry about; but as a clinical educator, I think there’s one additional issue that needs to be on parents’ radar. I’m talking about the “September Epidemic.”
The September Epidemic is an interesting phenomena in the medical world. Every year, like clockwork, a huge spike in U.S. hospitalizations due to asthma occurs 17 days after Labor Day (which this year falls on September 18th). While the cause of the epidemic isn’t precisely known, the prevailing belief in the medical community is that it’s caused by a “perfect storm” of asthma triggers created by the new school environment.
In addition to ubiquitous fall outdoor allergens, the return to school also piles on new indoor allergens and irritants such as chalk dust and aerosols. This is a big deal because someRead More