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Improving Your Asthma and Allergy Health

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

Update – June 10, 2021 We updated this blog post to include updated face mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Face masks are an essential tool in our fight against COVID-19 (the coronavirus) . But wearing a face mask raises many questions for people with asthma . Do We Still Need to Wear Face Masks to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their mask guidance. Anyone who is fully vaccinated...

Questions About Asthma and Allergies? Ask the Allergist

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has launched our new Ask the Allergist knowledge base . For more than 20 years, our board-certified allergists have answered your asthma and allergy questions through our Ask the Allergist service. Now we have compiled the most common questions people have submitted, along with their responses, into a searchable knowledge base. VISIT THE KNOWLEDGE BASE Here’s a sample of the questions and answers you’ll find in the knowledge base: What do I...

If You Have a Shellfish Allergy, Don’t Eat Cicadas No Matter How Tasty They May Look

You’ve probably heard the buzz as billions, if not trillions, of Brood X cicadas are coming out of their 17-year breeding cycle in much of the eastern half of the United States. We’re not just talking about the loud, constant whir that sounds like an army of lawn mowers. We’re talking about the latest food buzz. Some people are obsessed with observing or documenting these periodic cicadas. Other people think they make enticing cuisine (whatever floats your boat, food lovers). But the Food...

Managing Asthma in 2021 (Video and Resources)

Update: If you missed the webinar, we added the video below. We also included some resources on additional information discussed in the webinar. Understanding the Latest Asthma Management Guidelines The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) hosted a webinar on May 25, 2021, on the latest asthma management guidelines from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The webinar was presented by: John James, MD, board-certified allergist, President of Food Allergy Consulting...

Myths About Albuterol (Is It Addicting? Is It Performance Enhancing?)

Part 5: Asthma and Allergy Myths, Busted! Dr. M. Itch is back for the final round of asthma and allergy myth busting for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . To round it out, he talks about whether or not you can be addicted to albuterol and if asthma inhalers are considered performance-enhancing drugs for athletes. We're glad we gave Dr. Itch the chance to take over the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) TikTok channel . We're going to miss his energetic style of...

Help Improve and Save Lives by Driving the Future of Asthma and Allergy Research

Research has brought us amazing medical discoveries and treatments. But research is also a continual process if we are to pursue better health. Asthma and allergies are complex conditions. Research gives us a better understanding of them. This can lead to new medicines, ways to improve quality of life, and hopefully, cures. And research can be most effective when it centers around the qualities and needs of the patients it aims to serve. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)...

Asthma and Allergy Myths, Part 4! Panic Attacks, P.E. Class, and Asthma

In part 4, Dr. M. Itch got a little worked up about these latest myths. So he went back to TikTok to answer more questions about asthma and allergies . Is asthma actually just a panic attack? Can you participate in P.E. class if you have asthma? Does Dr. M. Itch eat broccoli? Don't forget to also watch our other myth-busting videos. Keep your eye on our AAFA blog and TikTok channel for more videos during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . RELATED CONTENT Watch Dr. M. Itch bust...

Teach Kids About Asthma and Food Allergies With AAFA’s Activity Book

Are you looking for a simple and fun way to help your child learn about asthma or food allergies? “Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activities” book (available in English and Arabic ) teaches children about asthma and food allergy basics through relatable characters, coloring pages, puzzles, and other activities you and your child can do together. Currently, there are about 5.1 million children under 18 with asthma. 1 It is the leading chronic disease in children. 2 About 5.6...

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Need for Improving Indoor Air Quality

As evidence has mounted that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread through the air, it has placed an urgent spotlight on indoor air ventilation. In addition to wearing masks and keeping a physical distance from people outside your household, experts recommend improving air flow in indoor spaces. The virus is more likely to spread indoors where air may be trapped from flowing. The virus spreads from tiny droplets that come out of people’s mouths and noses when they breathe, talk, sing,...

Asthma and Allergy Myths, Part 2! Home Allergy Tests, Caffeine, Adult Asthma, and Food Allergies and COVID-19 Vaccines

Can caffeine stop an asthma attack? Are at-home food allergy tests legit? Dr. M. Itch is back on TikTok to answer these questions and more about asthma and allergies . Don't forget to check out our first round of myth-busting videos . Watch our AAFA blog and TikTok channel for more videos during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . RELATED CONTENT Watch Dr. M. Itch bust more asthma and allergy myths: Part 1: Face Masks, Inhalers, and Climate Change Part 3: Food Allergies: Milk...

2021 Asthma Capitals™ Report: Where Does Your City Rank?

AAFA Highlights the Most Challenging Places in the U.S. to Live With Asthma On May 5, 2021, World Asthma Day , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released the 2021 Asthma Capitals™ report . This report analyzes data from the 100 largest cities in the U.S. to identify the most challenging places to live with asthma. This year, Allentown, Pennsylvania, takes the top spot. How Are Cities Ranked? Knowing what puts someone at higher risk for asthma is an important part of...

Asthma Myths, Busted! Face Masks, Inhalers, and Climate Change

There are a lot of misconceptions going around about asthma. We invited Dr. M. Itch to join us on TikTok to knock out some common asthma myths . In these videos, Dr. M. Itch solves the mysteries behind face masks and asthma, the effect of inhalers on climate, and whether or not you should shake your asthma inhalers. Meanwhile, we're looking into a mystery of our own. Dr. M. Itch looks a lot like Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Medical...

People With Asthma Need Healthy Air

May 3 – 7 is Air Quality Awareness Week , sponsored by the NOAA National Weather Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s theme is “Healthy Air – Important For Everyone!” to raise air quality awareness and encourage everyone to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) often. The very air that is meant to give us life can also harm us if it's full of pollution. According to the...

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