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Improving Your Asthma and Allergy Health

What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks and Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Update – Aug. 6, 2020 We updated this blog post to include studies on how masks may prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and lessen severity of symptoms. As we all return to work, school and public places, face coverings and masks have become essential tools in our fight against COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) . But wearing a face covering raises many questions for people with asthma . Why Do We Need to Wear Face Masks or Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Physical distancing (also...

Learn About Managing Your Eczema – Live Online Event

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is excited to partner again with PlatformQ Health and MedLive for another educational program. If you’re impacted by eczema (atopic dermatitis) , we hope you’ll join us for a new virtual session on Monday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. ET. The program “Taking Charge of My Eczema” will feature a dermatologist, a patient and a representative from AAFA. The team will discuss how eczema affects the skin, share strategies to improve communication between...

Cleaning Your Hands With Soap Vs. Hand Sanitizer: What Is Best to Protect Yourself From COVID-19 and Other Illnesses?

Keeping your hands clean is one of the easiest ways to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 . It can also help help protect you from flu, colds and other respiratory infections . It also helps prevent foodborne illnesses (such as salmonella) while cooking. One study shows people touch their faces on an average of 23 times an hour. 1 Your hands come in contact with many germs, and when you touch your face, you increase your chances of getting sick. Keeping them clean...

Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

Information from AAFA’s Ask the Allergist is not a substitute for a consultation with a health care professional. Always talk with your own doctor before making changes to your asthma or allergy management plan. This question appeared in our spring/summer 2020 issue of freshAAIR Magazine, our FREE digital magazine featuring news and resources on asthma and allergies. Read the most recent issue. Question: When using oral steroids daily for the treatment of asthma, what is considered a “high...

Asthma and Allergy Research With You as an Equal Partner

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) conducts and promotes patient-centered research to help you. This means your beliefs, preferences and needs are at the center of our research. Your input drives our advocacy work, guides our education programs and supports our community. Recently, we’ve studied the following topics: Symptoms of anaphylaxis in infants and toddlers Eczema burdens and people’s experiences with treatments Impact of COVID-19 on people with asthma and allergy Air...

Carry Your Emergency Medicines Everywhere You Go When You Have Asthma and Allergies

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your asthma and allergies prevent life-threatening emergencies. Make a pact to “ACT” to manage your asthma and allergies: “A” means have an action plan for asthma or anaphylaxis . “C” reminds you to carry emergency medicines and wear a medical ID to alert others of your condition. “T” calls for having a treatment plan that includes when to...

What to Do If You Can't Afford Your Asthma Medicines

Keeping your asthma under control is a key part of staying healthy. Avoiding asthma triggers to prevent symptoms is important. So is carrying a quick-relief (rescue) inhaler everywhere you go. Long-term control medicines that you take every day help you prevent and control asthma symptoms. But asthma medicine can be expensive, whether or not you have insurance. If multiple members of your family have asthma, the cost is even greater. Your house may be stocked with different kinds of inhalers...

Join Our Twitter Chat to Learn How to Take Control of Your Asthma Health

Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at noon ET for a Twitter chat on how to take control of your asthma health. Follow @AAFAnational and @AAAAI_org and use the hashtag # asthmahealth to join the conversation. AAFA, AAAAI and other experts will answer questions about: What are common asthma symptoms? How is asthma diagnosed? What are common asthma triggers? What are some ways...

How an Action Plan Can Help You Treat Asthma and Allergic Reactions

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your asthma and allergies prevent life-threatening emergencies. Make a pact to “ACT” to manage your asthma and allergies: “A” means have an action plan for asthma or anaphylaxis. “C” reminds you to carry emergency medicines and wear a medical ID to alert others of your condition. “T” calls for having a treatment plan that includes when to...

Why Healthy Indoor Air Quality Is Important

Having good indoor air quality is an important part of living in a healthy home. You can improve your indoor air quality by reducing the sources of allergens and irritants in your home. "We take about 20,000 breaths each day and spend 90% of our time indoors. Now that we are in a global pandemic from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) with stay-at-home orders, this rate of staying indoors has increased. Reducing exposure to substances in the environment around us that trigger allergy and asthma...

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