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Hypoallergenic: Science or Marketing Hype?

It’s common to see the term “hypoallergenic” on many products and services. It’s a word many consumers have become comfortable with. It makes some believe anything with this label is better for them and less likely to trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. But you may be surprised to find there is no regulation on how a product can be labeled “hypoallergenic.”

Reducing the Chance of an Asthma Flare and Finding Support

Six years ago, Lisa Kelly went to see her doctor about a chronic cough. She learned she has severe uncontrolled asthma. With her doctor’s help, she has since tried various treatments to manage her asthma. They have each helped for a little while, but not as much as she would like. In 2017, she discovered the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) online community.

What Is a Biologic?

Biologics are targeted therapies made from living organisms or natural sources. Biologic therapy involves injections every few weeks or so that are tailored to the individual. Biologics help normalize your immune system by controlling immune responses that lead to inflammation. There are biologic treatments available for people with moderate-to-severe asthma or atopic dermatitis (eczema).

Teva Announces FDA Approval of ProAir® Digihaler™

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ProAir ® Digihaler™ (albuterol sulfate 117 mcg) inhalation powder, the first and only digital inhaler with built-in sensors which connects to a companion mobile application and provides inhaler use information to people with asthma and COPD. Learn more.

You Are an Important Part of Asthma and Allergy Research and Treatment

Earlier this year, AAFA surveyed members of our community about clinical trials for asthma and allergies. Most people said they would be willing to consider clinical trials. But only 9% of the people said they had been invited to participate in one! Learn what else we found about participation in clinical trials.

Atopic Dermatitis in America: Find Relief for This Painful Itchy Rash

If you have atopic dermatitis (AD) , you know a dry, itchy, red rash on your hands, arms, legs or other parts of the body is a part of daily life. AD is an allergic condition and the most common type of eczema. More than 18 million Americans of all ages have AD. The severity of AD can be different for each person and does not depend on when you developed the disease. However, AAFA’s recent study titled Atopic Dermatitis in America found that people with adult- and late childhood-onset AD...

Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Dry and/or cold air is a trigger for airway narrowing (bronchoconstriction) and can be a weather-related asthma trigger. When you breathe in cold, dry air through your mouth, the air doesn't get warmed by your nose first. The cold air goes to your lungs and airways. This can trigger an asthma attack. Try these tips to avoid having cold air trigger your asthma.

Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) Recommends the Use of Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) Monitoring for Difficult-to-Treat and Severe Asthma Management

Circassia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Circassia” or “the Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on respiratory disease, today announced that Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) monitoring is recommended in the latest Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guide, “Difficult-to-Treat & Severe Asthma in Adolescent and Adult Patients – Diagnosis and Management.”

My Son Wrote “Help Me” on the Bathroom Mirror During an Asthma Attack

On Feb. 17, 2018, Javan Allison took a shower and wrote “help me” on the steamy bathroom mirror with his finger. He was struggling to breathe and having a severe asthma attack. “We took him to the emergency room and they could not get him to breathe,” remembered his mom Monique Cooper-Allison. “Normally, we would catch his asthma attacks and be in the emergency room for a couple of hours. This time, he was in the ICU for a week.” Javan spent a week in the ICU after a severe asthma attack.

AAFA Joins Groups Opposing the EPA's Efforts to Weaken Carbon Pollution Limits Which Could Impact All Americans, Especially Those With Asthma

Today the acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler, announced a proposal to dramatically weaken the Carbon Pollution Standards for New, Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants, which are protections against carbon pollution that have been in effect since 2015. Fifteen groups sent this letter in response.

The Power of Your Gift: Improving Lives Through Asthma and Allergy Research

When Diana Hanley’s daughter Jamie was a baby, she wheezed every time she got sick. She had her first allergic reaction to eggs at 11 months. Around age 2, she was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. And because of constant hives, many foods were removed from her diet. Her family is now part of research to help families managing asthma and allergies. Read Jamie's story.

Study Shows Allergy Shots May Improve Severe Eczema

If you’ve suffered with severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) for a long time and have tried what you think is every available option for relief, you may want to consider allergy shots. A medically-challenging case being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found that allergy shots provided significant benefits to the eczema symptoms suffered by a 48-year-old man.

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