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Asthma Impacts on the Hispanic Population

Hispanic Americans make up more than 18% of the U.S. population – making them the second largest population group. And the U.S. Census Bureau projects that this group will account for more than 27% of the U.S. population by 2060. As the population becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, it becomes increasingly important to address disparities in asthma.

Managing Asthma at School During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Update: Sept. 23, 2021 The COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools has been updated per current CDC and AAFA guidance on face masks, physical distancing, cleaning procedures, and more. The average American classroom of 30 students will have about three students with asthma. 1 And since 19 million adults in the U.S. have asthma, schools will have teachers and staff with asthma too. 2 Creating a more asthma-friendly environment in schools may help students and staff better control their asthma...

Managing Peak Week, the Time When Asthma Attacks Are at Their Worst

COVID-19 made it clearer than ever that breathing shouldn’t be taken for granted and lung health is getting some long-overdue national attention. But for those who live with asthma – a serious, chronic disease of the lungs that causes the airways to be inflamed and narrow – the constant concern over breathing is ever-present. Approximately 25 million Americans have asthma, and the effects can be even more extreme for the 2.5 million suffering from severe asthma, a form of asthma requiring...

DANGER! Don’t Nebulize Hydrogen Peroxide and Breathe It to Try to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

A concerning and dangerous trend is circulating on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok. People are breathing in hydrogen peroxide through nebulizers to try to prevent or treat COVID-19. DO NOT put hydrogen peroxide into your nebulizer and breathe it in. This is dangerous! It is not a way to prevent nor treat COVID-19. Visit aafa.org/covid19 for information about asthma, allergies, and COVID-19. A nebulizer is a “breathing machine” used to treat asthma . It turns liquid...

FDA Issues Statement on Steps They Will Take to Ensure COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe and Effective for Young Children

As regulators, the FDA recognizes they have an important task ahead of them that will require them to act expeditiously while undertaking an extremely meticulous and thoughtful review once we receive requests to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use or submissions for approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for this population.

Ragweed Woes: How to Win Against One of Pollen’s Worst Offenders

Say “ragweed” in a crowded room and you’re sure to hear some groans. Why? Because ragweed is the most common weed pollen allergy , affecting about 15% of Americans. If you have a ragweed pollen allergy, you may already have seasonal allergic rhinitis (“hay fever”) symptoms. Ragweed pollen season shows up in August and peaks in mid-September in most parts of the United States, especially in Eastern and Midwestern states. Hay fever is also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis . Symptoms...

September Asthma Epidemic: Help the People With Asthma in Your Care Avoid Asthma Attacks

If you care for someone with asthma , have you noticed that their asthma always seem to get worse in September? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, researchers have studied this issue. Here is what they found. September Is a Difficult Time for People With Asthma There is a September asthma hospital stay “epidemic.” In fact, the third week of September is considered Asthma Peak Week. Many more people stay in the hospital for asthma shortly after school starts than at any other time of the year.

You’re Invited: Be Part of the Future of Food Allergy Treatment

Update as of Sept. 2, 2021: We have updated this blog post to include information on how to register for the upcoming food allergy PFDD meeting and the video from the “Food Allergy Voice of the Patient Process” webinar from Aug. 20, 2021. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), as a founding member of the Food Allergy Collaborative , invites you to join us on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, for a patient-focused drug development (PFDD) meeting for food allergy. What : Food allergy PFDD...

What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Update – Aug. 27, 2021 We updated this blog post to include updated face mask guidance from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Face masks are an essential tool in our fight against COVID-19 (the coronavirus) . But wearing a face mask raises many questions for people with asthma . Do We Still Need to Wear Face Masks to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus? In July 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Causes of Fall Allergy Symptoms and What You Can Do About Them

Ah, fall! Time for cozy jackets, colorful leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and … allergy medicine? If you’ve noticed the change in season also triggers allergy and asthma symptoms, you’re not alone. Just like spring, fall is a time when many people are seeking relief from their seasonal allergies . Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include: Itching in the nose and eyes Sneezing Stuffy nose (congestion) Runny nose Mucus (phlegm) in the throat (postnasal drip) Do You Live in an Allergy...

The COVID-19 Vaccine: The Latest Information for People With Asthma and Allergies

Updates as of Aug. 24, 2021: Information on FDA approval of the Pfizer-Bio-NTech COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) Information on FDA approval of a third vaccine dose for people who are immunocompromised or pregnant CDC recommendation of booster shots eight months after being fully vaccinated Recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of high transmission As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our community. On Aug. 23,...

What Is It Like to Live With and Manage Asthma in Childhood? Share Your Story With the FDA

To bring the voice of patients and caregivers impacted by asthma in childhood to the forefront of drug development and research, the Allergy & Asthma Network, American Lung Association, American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders, and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) are collaborating on a new program – Little Airways, Big Voices . You can get involved by sharing your experiences living with and managing asthma in childhood. Join us virtually on Sept. 20, 2021 , for...

Getting Our Children Back to School Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s officially back-to-school season as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the United States. And getting our children safely back to school is a major priority for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). To help schools create safe learning environments, AAFA sent a letter to the School Superintendents Association (AASA) . The letter outlines two key recommendations: School districts should use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to improve indoor air quality in...

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