The third week of September is the worst week of the year for asthmatics and allergy sufferers

This is the worst week of the year for asthmatics and allergy sufferers! The expert warns that the third week of September is the “peak week” for emergency room visits related to diseases such as influenza and pollen counts, which are reaching seasonal highs

  • Experts warn that the third week of September is the “rush week” for complications from asthma and allergies
  • The combination of a high incidence of ragweed and the beginning of the flu season leads to a sharp increase in visits to the doctor
  • About 15% of Americans suffer from ragweed pollen allergies, which exacerbate asthma symptoms
  • Dr. Robert McDermott recommends that allergy sufferers seek care that can alleviate their symptoms

Experts warn that the combination of ragweed pollen and the start of flu season could make this week the worst of the year for allergy sufferers and asthmatics in the US.

Dr Robert McDermott, a certified allergist and immunologist at AllerVie, told DailyMail.com that the third week of September – between 18 and 24 this year – is often the time doctors report a sharp surge in allergy and asthma visits. This period has earned the title of “peak week” among experts.

This is because ambrosia, one of the most common fall allergens, has one of the year’s highest pollen counts in parts of America, coupled with the onset of flu season and return to school across the country, which has started the spread of the infectious disease.

McDermott recommends parents who have children with asthma or severe allergies to equip the school nurse with medications their child may need in case of severe symptoms. Adults who suffer from asthma or severe allergies may also want to consult a doctor as there are effective allergy treatments available that many are unaware of.

The third week of September, September 18-24 this year, is considered by experts to be the “rush week” of allergies due to the sharp increase in complications caused by the flu and ragweed pollen in the air (photo file)

“Allergy peak week is the third week of September in which we see the greatest increase in asthma exacerbations and severity of allergy symptoms among sufferers across the United States,” said McDermott.

The American Asthma and Allergy Foundation reports that asthma episodes and attacks will worsen in September as many factors combine to create problems for sufferers.

Ambrosia, which is common along the East Coast and Midwest, begins to fully grow in late August.

Dr Robert McDermott (pictured), AllerVie's certified allergist and immunologist, said he expected the flu to rebound this year after calm seasons in recent years

Dr Robert McDermott (pictured), AllerVie’s certified allergist and immunologist, said he expected the flu to rebound this year after calm seasons in recent years

From mid to late September, weeds massively released pollen spores into the environment, causing a problem for about 15 percent of Americans suffering from allergies.

For people with asthma, this situation may worsen as their already restricted airways may constrict. This can cause shortness of breath and, in the most serious cases, trigger asthma.

A flu eruption will also worsen the situation. Cases of common respiratory disease will begin to worsen in the coming weeks, with the first increase usually beginning in late September.

Combine that with schools fully reverting to learning in person across the United States, becoming a breeding ground for the flu epidemic.

Although it is rarely fatal, the common flu is still often dangerous for people with asthma.

It can cause inflammation of the airways causing them to narrow or even close, producing symptoms of asthma.

Some fear it could also be a particularly problematic flu season, as Australia – whose flu season falls in the US summer months – has experienced a worse flu season in half a decade this year, with peak rates three times higher than normal.

McDermott says parents this week should equip their child with allergy medications and devices that can help treat asthma (photo file)

McDermott says parents this week should equip their child with allergy medications and devices that can help treat asthma (photo file)

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the spread of influenza in the past two years, many people lack the antibodies needed to fight it as easily as before – leading to outbreaks and more serious infections.

McDermott expects flu to return to normal levels in the United States this year, posing a greater problem for asthmatics and allergy sufferers.

However, people at risk of more severe symptoms do not just have to accept their suffering.

McDermott recommends that people take active steps this week and the rest of the fall to protect themselves.

For children, parents should ensure that they have allergy medications available at school and devices such as an inhaler that can treat asthma. They can even be given to the school nurse for safekeeping.

She recommends adults see their doctor about treatment to manage their allergies and make their immune system less “overactive” when exposed to inflammatory triggers such as pollen.

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