The disturbing airborne allergen in schools that may be exacerbating your kid’s asthma

If you have a kid diagnosed with asthma, it probably is not news to you that the environment in which children with the condition spend their time can play a major role in how well they are doing. As such, you may have ripped out all of the carpets in your home and banned pets. You may also obsessively wash dust-mite pillow covers and other bedding several times a week.

But if you are like most Americans, you have little control over what your little one is exposed to during school hours — and that, according to new research, may be a big problem.

Asthma is the No. 1 chronic illness in children, affecting 1 out of every 10 youngsters, and that number is growing for reasons no one has been able to explain. There has been a lot of scientific research about allergens at home and how they may trigger symptoms, but there is surprisingly little about the threats at schools.

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