Back to School and Asthma

With classes approaching, asthmatics (children and young adults alike) will be faced with unique challenges and awareness of the triggers will be of great importance. How have you prepared for your child’ return to school in the past? If you are a University student, what does back to classes mean to you, that is if you were off for the summer…

I know I had a tough time, especially during pollen season. However, there is usually a work around, and hopefully some of your professors are understanding and willing to accommodate. In my own experience, discussing your allergies and asthma with the professor at the start of the course and/or making an appointment to talk with them during their office hours is always a GREAT idea!

Here’s an interesting article about back to school with asthma.

2 thoughts on “Back to School and Asthma

  1. This is a great question. In my first year of university, when my asthma was most uncontrolled, my profs had no idea [Um, yeah, so when I was hunched over my desk awkwardly it probably just looked like I was really bored, not really uncomfortable. Oops.]

    At this point, unless I perceive it is going to be an issue for lecture-based classes, I don’t specifically bring it up to my profs and just slip out of the classroom if I’m having problems.
    Being a kinesiology major, the exception is where it comes to practical experiences in the gym and labs. After a particularly awkward incident involving walking off of the field while doing laps in a second year spring course and my instructor being like “Um, are you okay? . . . Take it easy.” I make an effort to tell my profs/lab instructors by e-mail for my active labs and classes in the gym, and then after they’ve replied, if they don’t know me already I’ll go up and meet them and say “I’m Kerri, I sent you that e-mail.” It helps avoid them freaking out on me if I slip off to the side or am coughing a lot :].

    The other thing I do is if I’m having issues during exams [my only significant allergy is dust, like 99% of the planet, and Winter is my worst time of year] is put my Ventolin on my desk for testing. That way, if I need it, I’m not awkwardly/suspiciously digging through my pockets ;). Dependent on how I’m feeling, I’m also apt to pre-medicate for exams if there’s any doubt, so I can focus on the exam and not my asthma.

    Though I’m not flagged as chemically sensitive with Accessibility Services at school [even though I am], the disability services department will also go to bat for you–at my school, they will mark any classrooms a student with chemical sensitivities is in with a sign for students to avoid wearing fragrances when they will be in that room.

    Good luck with the upcoming school year! :]

    • Thanks for your reply Kerri! What a great reply. I think your approach with your ventolin inhaler sounds very reasonable. And the fact that they mark classrooms you are in with a sign about fragrances and such is so great! I think that in time, more and more people are starting to realize how perfumes can really affect a lot of people. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the future brings less perfume! 🙂

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