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Asthma and Allergy Myths, Part 2! Home Allergy Tests, Caffeine, Adult Asthma, and Food Allergies and COVID-19 Vaccines

Can caffeine stop an asthma attack? Are at-home food allergy tests legit? Dr. M. Itch is back on TikTok to answer these questions and more about asthma and allergies . Don't forget to check out our first round of myth-busting videos . Watch our AAFA blog and TikTok channel for more videos during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . Are DIY Food Allergy Test Kits Legit, or Are They Scams? Your browser does not support the video tag. Watch video on TikTok To determine if you have a...

Advocacy Action Day for People With Asthma and Allergies

Advocating for people with asthma and allergies is a great way to spread awareness during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . We invite you to join us for Advocacy Action Day! Today, we ask you to help us tell Congress what people with asthma and allergies need to live full, healthy lives. More than 65 million Americans have asthma and allergies. And some people may have one or both of these conditions for which there is no cure. About 25 million Americans have asthma 32 million...

2021 Asthma Capitals™ Report: Where Does Your City Rank?

AAFA Highlights the Most Challenging Places in the U.S. to Live With Asthma On May 5, 2021, World Asthma Day , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released the 2021 Asthma Capitals™ report . This report analyzes data from the 100 largest cities in the U.S. to identify the most challenging places to live with asthma. This year, Allentown, Pennsylvania, takes the top spot. How Are Cities Ranked? Knowing what puts someone at higher risk for asthma is an important part of...

Asthma Myths, Busted! Face Masks, Inhalers, and Climate Change

There are a lot of misconceptions going around about asthma. We invited Dr. M. Itch to join us on TikTok to knock out some common asthma myths . In these videos, Dr. M. Itch solves the mysteries behind face masks and asthma, the effect of inhalers on climate, and whether or not you should shake your asthma inhalers. Meanwhile, we're looking into a mystery of our own. Dr. M. Itch looks a lot like Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Medical...

People With Asthma Need Healthy Air

May 3 – 7 is Air Quality Awareness Week , sponsored by the NOAA National Weather Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s theme is “Healthy Air – Important For Everyone!” to raise air quality awareness and encourage everyone to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) often. The very air that is meant to give us life can also harm us if it's full of pollution. According to the...

Asthma Health Q&A: Management, New Guidelines, and COVID-19 Vaccines (Twitter Chat)

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) hosted a Twitter chat on asthma health on May 3, 2021. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and David Stukus, MD , associate professor and Director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, joined us to answer common questions about managing asthma, asthma treatment guidelines, and COVID-19 vaccines. Below are some highlights from the chat. To see more, search for the hashtag...

AAFA Asks Congress to Tackle Racial Disparities in Asthma and Allergies

As part of our advocacy efforts for people with asthma and allergies, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) visits Congress every year. We invite patients and advocates from across the U.S. to let Congress know what policies can help improve the lives of people managing allergic diseases. Meetings were held on Zoom this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic . The meetings focused on the urgent need to fix the nation’s health disparities gap. AAFA’s theme for this year’s meetings...

Take Action to Raise Asthma and Allergy Awareness

Even though more than 65 million people are affected by asthma and allergies, many people still don’t understand what it’s like to live with these conditions. That’s why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “ National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month .” We even asked President Biden to participate by making a national proclamation . All month long, we will be raising awareness to help dispel myths about asthma and allergies, and we invite you to join...

Answers to Common Questions About Getting Copies of Your Medical Records

Your medical records are important, especially when you have asthma and allergies . They are the history of all the medical care you have received and can help your doctors more accurately create a plan of treatment for you. But getting copies of your medical records may be a challenge. Whether you need them for your new doctor, a job, or just for your personal files, you should be able to access your records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives you the...

Washington, D.C., Families Managing Asthma Receive New Flooring to Improve Indoor Air Quality

A good asthma treatment plan includes managing your indoor air quality to help reduce asthma and allergy triggers . Rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting can hold onto irritants and allergens. But allergens and particles can be more easily cleaned from hard surface flooring. One way you can manage asthma and allergy triggers is by replacing carpets with hard surface flooring. In the United States, the burden of asthma falls disproportionately on poor, low-wealth, and minority populations. Housing...

Climate Change’s Impact on Seasonal Allergies Is Nothing to Sneeze At

Each year, we all say the same thing – “This feels like the worst pollen season ever!” But is pollen really getting worse each year? Or are the annoying symptoms of seasonal allergies just making you think that? The truth is pollen seasons have been gradually getting longer and more intense due to climate change . The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) looks at the impact of climate change in our 2021 Allergy Capitals™ report . A Global Warming Cycle A global warming cycle is...

Get Ready to Raise Asthma and Allergy Awareness

Raise Asthma and Allergy Awareness With Gear From Our Online Store Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. It's a great time to educate your family, friends, co-workers, and other people about these diseases. This year, we're even inviting the president to participate by declaring May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Asthma and allergies affect more than 65 million Americans. But many...

AAFA Asks President Biden to Recognize May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . This year, join us in asking President Biden to do the same. First recognized by President Regan in 1984 at AAFA's request, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers, and others about these diseases impacting more than 65 million Americans. On April 14, 2021, AAFA sent a letter to President Biden...

How to Safely Dispose of Your Asthma and Allergy Medicines

It's important to get rid of expired or unused medicines, inhalers, and epinephrine auto-injectors properly. They can be harmful to someone they aren't prescribed for, especially children. Or they could get into the hands of someone who might misuse them. And getting rid of them improperly can cause them to end up in the water supply, affecting humans and wildlife alike. There are several ways you can dispose of your medicines in a way that is safe and better for the environment. Disposing...

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