Back to school and asthma

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - Your kids may not want to hear it, but the start of school is fast approaching and that means it is time to get ready.

Dr. James Bush has advice for kids heading to school with asthma.

The combination of the stress of school starting, new exposures to viruses, not taking medications over the summer, and increasing mold counts in the fall all contribute to increased asthma flare ups.

Many schools require children to have an "asthma action plan" renewed each year so the school knows what to do in the event of an asthma attack.

If your child takes controller medications for asthma and stopped them in the summer, now is the time to start them so they will have time to become effective before school starts.

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