Asthma can affect people at any time of year, but the fall seems to be an especially bad time of year for patients. The combination of respiratory viruses, fall pollen, and cooler weather can all trigger asthma. In fact, children are more likely to end up in the ER with an asthma attack during the month of September than at any other time of year.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently reported the top 15 worst cities in America for asthma. This year, three of the top 15 cities listed were in Tennessee: Knoxville (#10), Memphis (#3), and Chattanooga (#2). Asthma patients in our state need to be especially mindful of triggers for their asthma and follow their doctor’s orders about using asthma medications regularly so that they don’t end up in the ER due to asthma.