Back-to-School Advice on Asthma

posted by Kevin Coleman - 

Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte with Cleveland Clinic Children's says, for many children with asthma, the best way to avoid a back-to-school flare is to be prepared before it happens.

He explains asthma is a chronic, recurrent condition that is usually brought on by a trigger.  Triggers can include exercise or even cold air, but the most common triggers are viruses. 

When the virus goes into the airways of a child with asthma, it produces inflammation which then triggers the asthma to flare.

Dr. Piedimonte says the likelihood of catching a virus when kids go back to school increases because of large groups of children being near each other. 

He says parents need to speak with their child's doctor so they can come up with an asthma therapy that fits their needs.  

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