Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

In January, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed new rules regarding animals on planes . If passed, airlines would no longer be forced to recognize emotional support animals as service animals and may treat them as pets. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has submitted our comment to the DOT on behalf of people with asthma and allergies. Read our comment below. We also encourage you to submit your own comment to the DOT about emotional support animals on...

Alert: FDA Requests Removal of All Ranitidine Products (Zantac) From the Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it is requesting manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. This is the latest step in an ongoing investigation of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (commonly known by the brand name Zantac). The agency has determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperature

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: Some States Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many uninsured people are concerned about medical costs if they get sick. Several states have opened up their health care exchanges for a special open enrollment period. Some states are also giving people who’ve lost their jobs the chance to enroll. If you need insurance, you can enroll in the following states: California – deadline April 30 Colorado – deadline April 3 Connecticut – deadline April 2 Maryland – deadline April 15 Massachusetts –...

Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the current spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and around the world, many people with asthma wonder how it would affect them if they got the illness. There is a lot we still don't know about this illness. Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) Medical Scientific Council, wrote this article for our blog about what we do know at this time. There have been many questions about how having asthma affects your risk of getting...

Eczema, Hand-Washing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Proper hand-washing is one of the best ways to prevent spreading viruses, like the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu . But when you have a skin condition like eczema (atopic dermatitis or dyshidrotic eczema) , washing your hands often can lead to dry and cracked skin, itchiness, pain and possibly infection. So how can people with eczema protect their skin while protecting themselves from the coronavirus? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) asked Dr. Jonathan Silverberg,...