News on Enterovirus D68

We have all been hearing about Enterovirus 68, a virus that can cause severe respiratory symptoms in children.  The main symptoms this virus causes are increased cough, wheezing, and other lower respiratory symptoms.  What does this mean for our children with asthma?  The most significant take home point is to be prepared.  The main things to have at the ready are a solid asthma action plan and up to date medicines to deal with the asthma flares.  Asthma action plans use a step up in asthma medication to treat symptoms such as cough, wheezing, and lower lung function caused by respiratory infections or allergen exposures.  Your health care provider can construct an asthma action plan for you or your child.  Research has proved that asthma action plans can address asthma flares sooner and keep patients out of the hospital.  Take a moment to see if you or your child has an up to date action plan and to ensure asthma medications are up to date.  If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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