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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 – Oct. 14, 2021 We updated this blog post to include updated face mask guidance from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Face masks are an essential tool in our fight against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 . They also have other benefits for people with asthma and allergies. Can People With Asthma Wear Face Masks? Yes, people with asthma can wear face masks. “For people with mild asthma or well-controlled...

5 Reasons Why Children With Asthma Need Important Vaccines for the Back-to-School Season

As you get ready to send your child with asthma back to school, add one more item to the top of your list: Get the COVID-19, flu, and pneumococcal vaccines. If your child has asthma, they should get both the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. Having asthma puts your child in a high-risk category when it comes to flu and pneumococcal disease. These shots can go a long way toward keeping your child healthy this school year. They should get the flu shot every year as early as possible. But they...

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...

AAFA’s Medical Scientific Council Shares Statement on Early Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Questions for People With Allergies

"Recent media reports of reactions to the new Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first out of the U.K. and now one report in the United States are stirring safety concerns for people with a history of serious allergies. It’s important to remember that we still don’t have the full details regarding the specifics of any of these reported reactions. Allergists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all keeping an eye on these...

Asthma Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment in the U.S. Is Changing – What the New Guidelines Say

On Dec. 3, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced updates to the clinical guidelines used to diagnose and manage asthma. The new guidelines are titled "The 2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines: A Report from The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Working Group." The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the NIH, oversaw the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee (NAEPPCC) and...

How Can You Tell the Difference Between COVID-19, a Cold, the Flu, Allergies and Asthma?

Cold and flu season is here, and the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is still spreading. With every cough or sniffle, you may wonder if it’s asthma or allergies, the flu, the common cold or even COVID-19. But how can you tell the difference? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has created a respiratory symptoms chart to help you recognize the difference between these conditions. Click to see larger image (English) Click to see larger image (Spanish) Asthma Symptoms...

Asthma Disparities in America: It’s Time for Real and Lasting Change

Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native people have the highest rates of asthma , hospital visits and asthma-related deaths. This has not changed since we first reported on it in 2005. It’s time to take bold steps to reduce disparities in asthma. Asthma Disparities in America Report Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native...

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

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 take your medicines and what to do in an emergency.

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...

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