This Is the “peak Week” of Asthma.
If you have asthma and feel that it has gotten worse lately, it’s not your imagination: the end of September is informally known as the “peak week” of asthma because several factors that exacerbate asthma converge.
First, there is ragweed pollen. This is the season when he’s all over the place . Ragweed is pollinated by the wind, so each plant releases billions of pollen grains from its not-so-blooming flowers. (It blooms at the same time as the beautiful yellow-flowered goldenrod, but they are not the same plant .)
Moreover, children go back to school. Regardless of whether you are a child or a parent, the exchange of germs usually returns home, and the season for colds, flu and other respiratory diseases begins.
And since we all spend more time indoors in the fall, allergies can flare up indoors as well. You may not have vacuumed dust mites off your sofa cushions lately; maybe your friends are having a get-together in their cat-dandruff homes rather than barbecues in the park.
How do you deal with your peak week? Likewise, you can deal with your allergies, colds, and other asthma triggers any time of the year. But now that you know this is a particularly bad time, you can step up these actions:
- Wash your hands and stay away from sick people.
- Wash blankets and pillows and vacuum your home to reduce dust if you have allergies.
- Keep an eye on the amount of pollen and consider changing your shoes or clothes after you have been outdoors so that you do not track pollen entering the house.
Our guide has other suggestions for protecting your home from allergies . Now is also a good time to make sure you have enough allergy and asthma medications and that there are many puffs left in your life-saving inhaler.