Questions about Sept. Asthma Hospital Admissons

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2001 - 4:21am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

pResearchers in Canada are trying to pinpoint the cause of a surge of hospital admissions related to asthma, which occurs the 3rd week of every September. /p
pNot just in Canada, the hospital admissions surge around the world, in places like the Caribbean and Austrailia./p
pResearchers are stumped, because they have taken into account different start dates for schools, weather patterns, ragweed, pollution and viral outbreaks. None of these usual asthma triggers are common to all areas. Yet all parts of the world are affected by this hospitalization surge./p
pMy question is: Did your child/you require hospitalization for an asthma attack around the 3rd week of September, in the past few years? The surge seems to affect only those aged 35 years and younger, with the peak age for admissions between 2 and 15 years. Also, what caused the asthma attack in the first place?/p
pMy sister was hospitalized for asthma 2 times in September in the past 6 years. She is a school teacher. One admission could have been caused by a reaction to cat dander, but she could find no explanation for the 2nd admission. Her wheezing got progressively worse and her inhalers didn't help./p
pNext September, researchers intend to occupy hospital ERs to study the phenomenon first hand, to try to pinpoint a common cause. I will submit any input from this board to the Toronto Star, which carried the article. They are trying to find a way to ward off these September attacks, so any info from the people on this board would be valuable. Thank you for any help you can give. /p
p[This message has been edited by Cayley's Mom (edited January 28, 2001).]/p

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2001 - 11:56am
CarolynM's picture
Joined: 03/27/2001 - 09:00

Cayley's Mom, this is very interesting. In Sept., 2000, both of my daughters were treated in the ER for asthma. Neither had to be admitted, though. I checked back on the dates. My 3 year old was there on Sept. 12. She had had a bad cold that triggered the asthma. She required a lot of breathing treatments and was almost admitted. Then on Sept. 15, my 6 year old was treated in the ER for asthma. She had had a mild cold, and hers was exercised-induced. She was in dance class when she had increasing difficulty breathing. She responded well in the ER. I believe both of them were also affected by whatever was going on seasonally (the trees?) When I was talking to the nurses there, they had said that the 14th was the busiest they had ever been with asthma patients. They had patients in the halls, and the wait was forever. In 1999, my 6 year old (then 5) was treated in the ER on 2 consecutive nights for asthma. I think this was Oct. 1st and 2nd. I definitely see a pattern here. I would like to have more info. on the study, or a link it you have it. Thanks. I hope this info. helps.

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2001 - 12:45pm
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

This is very interesting. My son Evan (3 1/2) was treated in the ER for asthma type symptoms last September. I'll have to check on the exact date but for some reason September 15th sticks out in my mind. I have no idea what caused it. We went to my mom's house for the weekend. He started a horrible coughing fit at my sister's house on Friday afternoon. The coughing continued through the night and the next morning he was having a terrible time breathing and was wheezing.
He had breathing treatments at the ER and was sent home with an inhaler. The following Monday we had our follow-up appt with our pediatrician at home and they did more breathing treatments at the office. We were then sent home with a nebulizer to do treatments at home. He was also on prednisone or prelone for 5 days in addition to the breathing treatments. He had to do the breathing treatments at home several times a day for a few months.
I would love to see the results from this research. Great thread Cayley's Mom!

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2001 - 1:06pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

CarolynM and DMB - The original article, complete with a graph showing huge spikes in Sept. admissions, was in the Saturday edition (Jan. 27) of the Toronto Star. I cannot find an online link yet, but I will keep looking.
This certainly is a definite trend, and the complete article is very compelling. I will see if I can scan the article and perhaps send it to interested people through email. I'll keep you posted. Carolyn

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2001 - 11:52pm
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

I would love a copy of it, if possible ( I forgot to mention that my son's pediatrician felt his "attack" was brought on by a virus, seasonal allergies or seasonal bronchial asthma. She said there was really no way to tell with him being so young. He seems to only have problems when it's fall or spring.

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2001 - 3:16am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Carolyn, what section of the Toronto Star? I'm more than likely to miss it when I look for it. Thanks

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2001 - 4:36am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Adam's Mom - it is in the front news section on page 2.
Deanna - I am in the process of scanning the article, and I will send it along as soon as it's ready.
Anyone else who wants a copy of the scanned article, contact me at [email][/email] and I will send it, most likely this week. Carolyn
[This message has been edited by Cayley's Mom (edited January 29, 2001).]

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2001 - 5:02am
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Fascinating - late September and early October are always horrible times for my older (non-PA) asthmatic son. He has never been treated in the hospital, though, only at his MDs office. Here in NY we always associated it with mold collecting on falling leaves. But what about the rest of the world?

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2001 - 6:24am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Thank you, I found it.
My birthday is September 24, and when I was in school, I was always sick with a cold at the time of my birthday (which is around the third week of September).
We always related it to being back in school, in a classroom, and in close proximity to germs again, coupled with the fact that it is often prime allergy season in Ontario.

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2001 - 2:20pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

In Sept. 2000 Logan had an anaphylactic reaction to sesame seeds. For two weeks afterward he had horrible asthma problems. Since then his other anaphylactic reactions have not caused the long term breathing difficulties that one did.

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2001 - 3:53am
Kim M's picture
Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

I have been hospitalized several times for asthma when I was younger, but unfortunately don't recall the time of year. However, my asthma has always been worse in the early fall. I have always thought I was weird, thinking that spring hayfever time would probably be the worst time for most people. This is very interesting!


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