The combination of ragweed pollen and the start of flu season could make this week the worst of the year for allergy and asthma sufferers in America, experts warn.
Dr. Robert McDermott, a board-certified allergist and immunologist at Allervy, told DailyMail.com that the third week of September — this year between the 18th and 24th — is often when doctors report a spike in allergy and asthma-related visits. The season has earned the title of ‘peak week’ among experts.
That’s because ragweed, one of the most common fall allergens, reaches its highest pollen count of the year in some parts of the US, along with the start of flu season and the back-to-school season, starting the spread of infectious diseases. Disease.
McDermott recommends that parents of children who suffer from asthma or severe allergies tell the school nurse if their child shows severe symptoms and needs medication. Adults who suffer from asthma or severe allergies may want to consult a doctor, as there are many effective allergy treatments that they are unaware of.
The third week of September, this year from the 18th to the 24th week, is considered allergy ‘peak week’ by experts, with complications from the flu and weed pollen in the air (file photo).
“Peak Allergy Week is the third week in September where we see the highest number of asthma exacerbations and increases in allergy symptoms among patients in the United States,” McDermott said.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, several factors combine to make asthma symptoms and attacks more difficult for sufferers during the month of September.
Ragweeds, which are common on the East Coast and Midwest, are in full bloom by late August.
Dr. Robert McDermott (pictured), a board-certified allergist and immunologist with AllerV, said he expects the flu to pick up again this year after quiet seasons in recent years.
From mid to late September, weeds generally release pollen spores in abundance, causing problems for about 15 percent of Americans who suffer from allergies.
For people with asthma, this can be even worse, as their already obstructed airways can become narrowed. This causes shortness of breath, and in severe cases, asthma.
An outbreak of influenza worsens the situation. In the coming weeks, the usual respiratory diseases will start to rise, at the end of September, when it usually starts to rise.
Combine this with physically restored schools across the US, breeding grounds for flu outbreaks.
Although rarely fatal, the common cold is still dangerous for people with asthma.
It can cause the airways to become inflamed, causing them to narrow or even close – triggering asthma symptoms.
Some fear this could be a particularly troublesome flu season, as Australia – whose flu season is the height of the American summer – experienced its worst flu season in half a decade this year, with casualty rates tripling. Common.
McDermott said parents should equip their child with allergy medicine and asthma control equipment if needed this week (file photo).
As the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the spread of the flu for the past two years, many don’t have the necessary antibodies to fight it off as easily as before – leading to increased disease and worse infections.
McDermott expects the flu to return to normal levels in the U.S. this year, creating even more trouble for asthma and allergy sufferers.
Those who suffer from severe symptoms do not just accept their suffering.
McDermott advises people to take proactive steps this week, and to protect themselves for the rest of the fall.
For children, parents should make sure allergy medications and equipment such as inhalers are available at school. These can even be given to the school nurse for safety.
He advises adults to see a medical professional to manage their allergies and treat them, and their immune systems can be ‘over-reduced’ when exposed to triggers such as pollen.