Improving Your Asthma and Allergy Health

How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

How are children with asthma affected by poor air quality? The first week of May marks Air Quality Awareness Week . The EPA measures air quality to tell us how clean or polluted the air is. This has special significance for people with asthma. Air pollution is a trigger for some people with asthma. Through custom alerts, you can track air quality to plan outdoor activities, such as outdoor recess. That’s how one New Jersey mom realized her son with asthma was running into breathing...

AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program Celebrates 10 Successful Years

This spring allergy season marks the 10th anniversary of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. The 60 million Americans with asthma and allergies have learned to trust certified consumer products and services when they see the Certification Mark on a product label. Certified products and services have been tested against strict scientific standards and shown to be suitable for families with asthma o

On Access Health, AAFA Shares About Avoiding Asthma Triggers

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing tips about asthma and allergies on cable television! Watch our first tip April 13 on Access Health airing on Lifetime Television®. We'll share dangers that can trigger an asthma attack . The show airs at 7:30 am ET/PT. This tip will be rebroadcast on April 20. Stay tuned for other tip topics, dates and previews! See the first preview here or watch the video below:

Climate Change Takes a Toll on  Asthma and Allergy Health

Climate change is a major issue for environmental health as well as public health. Warming temperatures contribute to longer and more severe pollen seasons. That makes respiratory diseases worse. So this week, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America joins nearly 20 other organizations in signing a statement called “A Declaration on Climate Change and Health.” The letter is being released at the start of National Public Health Week. It is also World Allergy Week, a week created by the...

Join Us for a Spring Allergies Twitter Party

Are you on Twitter? Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America @AAFANational Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm for a Spring Allergies Twitter Party! The chat is hosted by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and Allergic Living. Follow @AAAAI_org and @AllergicLiving and use #allergyready. Post questions about hay fever, pollen troubles and other spring allergy topics. The AAAAI Allergist Panel includes: Dr. Thanai Pongdee @Tpongdee Dr. Matthew Bowdish @MatthewBowdish Dr.

Asthma and Allergy Survey: Students Need Your Feedback for Special AAFA Survey

Our names are Sahil Ahuja, Lauren Perry, Aymen Saleem, and Mathangi Sridharan, and we are students at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. We are completing a project to evaluate the communication channels of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Here is a survey that will assist us in our communications audit. The goal of this survey is to gain insights into the opinions of AAFA’s customers--you. We would greatly appreciate your completion of this survey. If...

Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay with Spring Cleaning Tips

By Danielle Hegedus The thought of spring cleaning is sometimes met with mixed responses. Some people dread it. Others find the intensive cleaning cathartic. However, spring cleaning is especially important if you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies. Cleaning can cut the amount of allergens in the air and the potential for dangerous flare-ups. But dust and fumes kicked up during spring cleaning may irritate your asthma and allergies. This makes it essential to take...

AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

In our second post in our “AAFA Explains” series, we look at claims that salt treatment (also known as halotherapy) can improve your asthma. “Salt rooms” are popping up in the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and elsewhere. These rooms charge you a fee to enter, like a spa. Salt crystals coat the rooms and the air is salt-laden as an attempt to mimic naturally occurring salt caves.The history of natural salt caves as an asthma remedy is ancient.

What Causes Asthma in Infants and Toddlers?

We still do not know what causes some people to get asthma. If a child has a family history of asthma or allergies, a specific allergy or had a mother who smoked during pregnancy, they have a higher chance of getting asthma early in life. A respiratory virus, an illness that occurs in the lungs, is one of the most common causes of asthma symptoms in children 5 years old and younger. Although both adults and children experience respiratory infections, children have more of them. Some...

AAFA Explains: What Is the Difference Between Alternative and Complementary Medicine?

What is the difference between alternative, complementary and integrative medicine? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) wants you to know what these mean so that you can make informed healthcare choices. Complementary medicine refers to something you do or take along with treatment your doctor tells you to follow. Alternative medicine refers to something you do or take instead of your regular treatment. Integrative health care is the practice of combining complementary and...

Asthma & Allergy-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gifts Show #TealLove

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! It’s a time for romance. A time for schoolchildren to exchange silly cards. And a time for those with asthma and allergies to be extra careful about their triggers. Share the #TealLove this Valentine's Day! What is #TealLove? It is being inclusive of those with asthma and allergies. Your sweetheart won’t appreciate a bottle of perfume or a beautiful bouquet that makes them sneeze and wheeze.   What are common triggers? Many...

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