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Student Fashion Show Raises Awareness for Asthma and Allergies

Students in a New Jersey modeling club showed off more than just fashion on the runway last month. The fashion show happened to fall during Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. So the children at the Robert J. Fulton School in North Bergen decided to donate the show's ticket sales to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America . The school is in a densely populated, urban area near New York City. The students chose AAFA since so many kids have asthma and food allergies. The club for seventh...

AAFA Explains: Can Herbal Supplements Help My Nasal Allergies?

When new drugs and medical procedures are developed, they go through rigorous scientific study. Complementary Alternative Medicine treatments usually do not go through the same type of research. As a result, whether it works (called efficacy) is unproven for most treatments. Most herbal remedies for rhinitis fall into that category.

AAFA Explains: Allergy Shots—Fighting the Cause of Allergies

If you are one of the 50 million Americans living with allergies, you’re probably familiar with the tell-tale signs of allergies, such as sneezing, itchy nose, and watery eyes. But do you know what causes these symptoms? Let’s start at the beginning. An allergy is a disease of the immune system. The body’s immune system receives input from the environment and produces a response. Its purpose is to recognize and attack foreign invaders, such as bacteria and parasites. An allergy occurs when...

New Drug May Provide Option for Severe Cases of Eczema if Approved by FDA

What health issue did this study examine? Researchers are studying a potential new treatment option for moderate-to-severe eczema. The drug is called dupilumab. It belongs to a class of drugs known as biologics. Dupilumab is thought to work by blocking the inflammation that causes eczema, or atopic dermatitis. What do we know about this issue so far? There is no cure for eczema. In extreme cases, it can cause bleeding and infections, affect sleep, and hurt one’s quality of life. Current...

AAFA Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Asthma and Allergy Research

There is no cure for asthma or allergies, which is why research is so important. AAFA supports research that will lead to better care, more effective treatments and, one day, a cure. Since May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to spotlight health research and how it can help those with asthma and allergies. On Friday, May 13, AAFA is co-sponsoring a Congressional briefing , From Discovery to Delivery: Research at Work Against Allergies and Asthma . The briefing...

Kids Learn How to #TackleAsthma From Pro Football Player

How often do kids with asthma hear inspirational messages from a professional football player? Over 20 children ages 6-14 recently did, as AAFA hosted its first #TackleAsthma event for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. They learned how to exercise safely with asthma, thanks to the generosity of one player who knows their struggles. Rashad Jennings, running back for the NY Giants, met the kids at a New Jersey gym near the stadium. Sometimes children with chronic conditions like...

Join AAFA, AAAAI for a Twitter Chat May 18 to Be #Ready4Asthma

Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Wednesday, May 18 at 1 pm ET for a #Ready4Asthma Twitter chat. Follow @AAFANational and @AAAAI_org and use #Ready4Asthma to follow the conversation! Experts will answer your questions about the best ways to manage and control your asthma.

Share These Asthma and Allergy Awareness Images to Spread Awareness

Asthma affects over 6 million American children and nearly 18 million adults. Among children, asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalizations and one of the top causes of school absences. Adults miss more than 14 million days of work each year. But still, many don't understand what it is like to manage a chronic illness like asthma. Share awareness images and messages this month to help others understand. Find these images, and more, in our Shareable Awareness Images photo album. Use...

Football Star Partners with Asthma Foundation to Help Kids Tackle Asthma

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants today announced the launch of their #TackleAsthma campaign to educate and inspire children with asthma. As part of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month this May, AAFA and Jennings are working to help families understand and manage the daily challenges of living with asthma.

How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

How are children with asthma affected by poor air quality? The first week of May marks Air Quality Awareness Week . The EPA measures air quality to tell us how clean or polluted the air is. This has special significance for people with asthma. Air pollution is a trigger for some people with asthma. Through custom alerts, you can track air quality to plan outdoor activities, such as outdoor recess. That’s how one New Jersey mom realized her son with asthma was running into breathing...

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