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Weakening the Clean Air Act Will Worsen Asthma for Millions

Ozone is a gas that can irritate the lining of the lungs, causing damage. It can reduce lung function and make it harder for you to breathe deeply. Car exhaust, chemicals and industrial facilities create ozone. High temperatures from climate change make ozone worse. Ozone contributes to what we call “smog.” 1 As ozone increases, so do asthma rates. Research has directly linked ozone to asthma attacks. 2 High levels of ozone even affects people with healthy lungs. Unless we take action now to...

4 Asthma Triggers to Be Aware of During Fourth of July Celebrations

Summer events, like the 4th of July, are a great time to get together with family and friends to celebrate. If you have asthma , be aware of possible triggers around you and take steps to prevent flare-ups. 1. Fireworks Fireworks are a traditional way to celebrate the holiday. But fireworks create smoke and small particulate matter that contributes to air pollution which can trigger asthma. Consider watching firework displays from an indoor location. 2. Smoke from Barbecues or Fire Pits Like...

AAFA Meets With EPA to Ask for Action on Climate Change

On June 20, 2017, AAFA met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to ask him to clean our air for those impacted by climate change. We presented him with our Declaration on Climate Change and Health . Climate change is a serious threat to our health, especially to the more vulnerable members of the population. Asthma and allergies rates will continue to rise until we take action against climate change.

3 Athletes #TackleAsthma to Help AAFA

Asthma feels like an anaconda wrapping around your chest. Every breath hurts and panic sets in. – Kathy, Community Director for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), training for a half century (50-mile) bike ride These words used to describe the experience with asthma paint a vivid picture. Despite these moments gasping for air and waiting for the next breath, there are those who conquer great physical challenges. Here are three of their stories. Kathy Przywara, Community...

AAFA to Join Moms Clean Air Force to Call for Action on Climate Change

You may be familiar with the common affects of climate change: extreme weather, rising sea levels and melting ice caps. But did you know climate change can also make allergies and asthma symptoms worse? On July 13, 2017, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) will join Moms Clean Air Force at Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C., to support action against climate change. Instead of a sit-in, moms and their children will host their fourth annual Play-In for Climate Action. The...

New York City Bill Aims to Make Rental Homes Asthma-Friendly

On June 13, 2017, the Coalition for Asthma-Free Homes gathered on the steps of New York’s City Hall to encourage legislators to pass the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B) . Area residents, medical experts and environmental advocates joined them. Heidi Bayer, Chairman of the Board for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, was also there. This bill would help reduce indoor allergens in rented homes that can trigger asthma symptoms . Landlords would be required to inspect homes for...

Report Finds Two Medicines to Be a Good Long-Term Option for Atopic Dermatitis

The Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) found the medicines dupilumab and crisaborole to offer effective long-term treatment of atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema . A portion of the press release is below. [PRESS RELEASE] Boston, Mass., June 8, 2017 – The Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has issued a Final Evidence Report that concludes that dupilumab (Dupixent ® , Regeneron and Sanofi) offers good long-term value for patients with moderate-to-severe atopic...

A Declaration on Climate Change and Health

June 19, 2017 As leading public health, patient advocacy, nursing and medical organizations, we reiterate our longstanding commitment to addressing climate change as a public health issue. The statement below articulates our consensus on the health impacts of climate change and the need for action to protect the public’s health. The health impacts of climate change demand immediate action. The science is clear ; communities across the nation are experiencing the health impacts of climate...

Kathy P Trains to #TackleAsthma

Clearly, I’ve lost my mind! I’ve committed to train for and participate in a half century (50-mile) bike ride. That’s not the crazy part. I have asthma and it frequently becomes a factor in what I do. Will I be able to keep my exercise induced asthma under control so it will allow me to even train for this ride?

Make Your Voice Heard to Help Us Set Our Asthma and Allergy Priorities

Please help us tailor our programs and services to your needs and the needs of the asthma and allergy communities by completing our 2017 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Consumer Feedback Survey. This survey should take about 20-30 minutes of your time, and all results will be kept completely anonymous. Upon finishing the survey, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $100 gift card. Ten winners will be selected.

Avery Can #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies on the Ice

Avery and his mom Jessica are our final winners in our #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies photo contest . Their photo shows asthma doesn’t have keep you from sports and activities you love. “My son Avery tackles allergy induced asthma by playing HOCKEY! He is 10 years old and has been playing club for 7 and just made his first AAA team this past spring. Asthma may make it more difficult for him but he doesn’t use it as a crutch ...he finds a balance between pushing himself and knowing his...

Lexi Tackles Severe Asthma on her Wakeboard

We are pleased to announce that Lexi L is the fourth winner of our #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies photo contest ! “I try to not let my asthma hold me back from living my life to the fullest. I’ve been intubated once due to an asthma attack and recently had to be on the Bi-Pap this past November due to another attack. Wakeboarding has always been my passion but due to being limited, I can’t do certain things as much as I would like to. Also, being one that has such horrible allergies,...