Improving Your Asthma and Allergy Health

Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the current spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and around the world, many people with asthma wonder how it would affect them if they got the illness. There is a lot we still don't know about this illness. Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) Medical Scientific Council, wrote this article for our blog about what we do know at this time. There have been many questions about how having asthma affects your risk of getting...

Eczema, Hand-Washing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Proper hand-washing is one of the best ways to prevent spreading viruses, like the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu . But when you have a skin condition like eczema (atopic dermatitis or dyshidrotic eczema) , washing your hands often can lead to dry and cracked skin, itchiness, pain and possibly infection. So how can people with eczema protect their skin while protecting themselves from the coronavirus? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) asked Dr. Jonathan Silverberg,...

2020 Allergy Capitals™ Report: Seasonal Rankings by City for Spring and Fall

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) 2020 Allergy Capitals™ report is now available. This report ranks the top 100 most challenging cities in the continental United States to live in with seasonal allergies. AAFA combines data from both spring and fall to create a ranking of the top 100 cities based on: Pollen counts Allergy medicine use Number of board-certified allergists available The report also includes a breakdown of seasonal rankings of the top cities for both spring...

Food Allergies – Not Only a Childhood Disease

Researchers estimate the number of people with food allergies in the U.S. to be 32 million. It breaks down to 6 million children and 26 million adults – more than previously thought. 1 It is common for food allergies to develop in childhood, but you can develop a food allergy at any age. Adults are more likely to develop allergies to crustacean shellfish (like crabs, lobster or shrimp), peanuts, milk, tree nuts and fin fish. 1 Adult-onset food allergies are generally life-long and are not...

CERTIFIED Baby Mattress Creates a Healthier Environment for Infants With Asthma and Allergies

Pure Zees recently announced the expansion of its innovative asthma & allergy friendly® mattresses into the U.S. market, unveiling a new U.S. website to help roll out multiple related products through 2020. The Irish-based company has secured coveted certification for their signature infant mattress from both Allergy Standards Limited of Ireland (ASL) and The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

Building and Remodeling When You Have Asthma and Allergies: Paint, Flooring and Insulation

Before you start a home building or renovation project, consider how the products you use or install may impact the overall health of your home. During construction, a lot of dust is generated and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be released. It’s important to consider choosing materials that emit fewer gases or other asthma triggers.

Her Health Comes First: One Mother Talks About the Challenges of Managing Her Child's Asthma

Asthma can be scary and overwhelming. It is the leading chronic disease in children and the top reason for missed school days due to chronic illness. I’m sure if you’ve been touched by this disease, you might empathize with this experience from LaJoy and her daughter, Abria.

With 10 Days Left in Marketplace Open Enrollment, AAFA Offers New Digital Tool for Instant Access to Asthma and Health Insurance Help

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released a new tool for the asthma community – an asthma health chatbot. The chatbot is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help people get answers to their questions about asthma or health insurance. This can be a valuable tool for people shopping for health insurance during the final 10 days left in the federal open enrollment period.

Cold Weather Advisory: People With Asthma Should Take Precautions to Avoid Symptoms

As we gear up (and bundle up) for the holiday season, people with asthma who live in cold climates may notice they are having a tougher time breathing. That’s because when you breathe in dry, cold air, your airways start to narrow, making it hard to breathe. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce asthma triggers and the chance of having asthma symptoms or an attack this winter season.

Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

For many people, the health risks posed by indoor air quality can often be significantly higher than outdoor air. Animal dander, pollen, mold, dust mites and fumes released by cooking, burning fuel or cleaning products can all negatively impact your indoor air. One way you can improve your indoor air quality is with a CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for an air cleaner.

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