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AAFA Issues Statement on FDA Approval of Primatene Mist for Mild Asthma

People with asthma have more treatment choices than ever before, and the FDA recently announced approval for the readmittance of Primatene Mist – an over-the-counter (OTC) epinephrine inhaler. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cautions patients to not stop their current asthma treatment nor start taking this OTC option without talking to their health care provider first.

AAFA Applauds FDA First Steps Toward Declaring Sesame as Major Allergen

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the premiere nonprofit representing patients with asthma and allergies, applauds the recent request for information and statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demonstrating its commitment to explore the classification of sesame as a major allergen.

These Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis Can Be the Most Frustrating

Atopic dermatitis (AD), a type of eczema, can be a frustrating skin disease. Many people think it's just a rash or dry skin. But it's so much more. AD symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, even embarrassing at times. It can have a significant effect on quality of life. Help us raise awareness about eczema during Eczema Awareness Month by sharing the messages below on social media. Share on Social Media Share this picture and message on social media. To download the picture, right-click...

AAFA Study Shows Surprising Rate and Severity of Atopic Dermatitis in Adults

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) led a research study called Atopic Dermatitis in America . The purpose of this study is to shed light on the number of adults who deal with this frustrating skin condition. This week, AAFA has released early findings from the report. One surprising find from the study was the number of adults with AD who say it is moderate to severe. As many as 40% of the people surveyed said they had moderate-to-severe AD. Through this study, we hope to...

October Is Eczema Awareness Month

If you have eczema , or care for someone who does, you know it can be a frustrating disease. This skin condition can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and tricky to manage. Atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, affects about 16.5 million Americans. Those who have it know it’s much more than “dry skin,” “sensitive skin” or a “rash.” But many who aren’t familiar with eczema don’t realize the social, emotional and financial impact it can have on people and families who manage it.

Rolling Back Clean Car Standards Will Make Asthma Worse – Tell the NHTSA and EPA Why

Our current clean car standards have gone a long way to improve our air quality. But pollution and ozone levels are still an issue, contributing to climate change, asthma symptoms and overall asthma rates. Studies are showing more and more how bad air pollution affects our health . More improvements are needed. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) want to roll back these clean car standards through The Safer Affordable...

Plea to the Department of Health and Human Services: People With Allergies Need Access to Epinephrine Now

Manufacturing and insurance issues have made it hard for many members of our community to fill their prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors in recent months. But the drug epinephrine itself is not in short supply. This has become a serious concern for families of children with life-threatening food allergies. When families who manage food allergies are in fear for their children's lives because they can't get the medicine they need, our system is broken.

10 Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Ten Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal (August 22, 2018) - WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, the Allergy & Asthma Network, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy...

10 Health and Medical Organizations Strongly Oppose the Trump Administration’s Plan to Revoke Cleaner Cars Standards

“This proposal from EPA and NHTSA would dismantle fair, achievable pollution limits with a track record of success, limits that will help protect Americans from the life-threatening health impacts of climate change. The proposal would also preempt the ability of states to protect the health of their residents by curbing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. If these vehicle standards are weakened, the nation loses a crucial tool to fight climate change."

Groups Gather to Voice Concerns About Climate Change’s Impact on Health

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined Moms Clean Air Force on July 11, 2018, to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change. The Play-In for Climate Action was held on the National Mall. Hundreds of parents and their children from across the U.S. participated in the event to draw attention to the harmful effects of air pollution . Studies show that air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms. Climate change also creates longer and heavier pollen seasons. A...

Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Has the increase in pets on planes made travel difficult for you or family members with asthma or allergies? Have you had to change travel plans or leave a plane because of animals on your flight? Have you had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction on a flight because of sharing a cabin with animals? If so, we encourage you to share your story with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). They are asking for public comments on pets on planes.

Have You Used Oral Steroids For Asthma?

Oral corticosteroids (steroids) are used to treat inflammation and suppress the immune system. Sometimes people take oral corticosteroids to treat asthma. What do you know about this treatment? We want to hear about your experiences with oral corticosteroids – like prednisone – for asthma. If you are an adult with asthma, please take our quick survey : TAKE THE SURVEY NOW The survey closes on June 30, 2018. We will use the information gathered from this survey to advocate on behalf of...

Play-In for Climate Action to Bring Attention to the Negative Effects of Poor Air Quality

On July 11, 2018, moms and their children will host the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) will join Moms Clean Air Force on the U.S. Capital Grounds in Washington, D.C., to support action against climate change. The family-friendly event will have kids’ activities, music and speakers.

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