Improving Your Asthma and Allergy Health

AAFA Explains: Allergy Shots—Fighting the Cause of Allergies

If you are one of the 50 million Americans living with allergies, you’re probably familiar with the tell-tale signs of allergies, such as sneezing, itchy nose, and watery eyes. But do you know what causes these symptoms? Let’s start at the beginning. An allergy is a disease of the immune system. The body’s immune system receives input from the environment and produces a response. Its purpose is to recognize and attack foreign invaders, such as bacteria and parasites. An allergy occurs when...

Kids Learn How to #TackleAsthma From Pro Football Player

How often do kids with asthma hear inspirational messages from a professional football player? Over 20 children ages 6-14 recently did, as AAFA hosted its first #TackleAsthma event for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. They learned how to exercise safely with asthma, thanks to the generosity of one player who knows their struggles. Rashad Jennings, running back for the NY Giants, met the kids at a New Jersey gym near the stadium. Sometimes children with chronic conditions like...

Join AAFA, AAAAI for a Twitter Chat May 18 to Be #Ready4Asthma

Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Wednesday, May 18 at 1 pm ET for a #Ready4Asthma Twitter chat. Follow @AAFANational and @AAAAI_org and use #Ready4Asthma to follow the conversation! Experts will answer your questions about the best ways to manage and control your asthma.

Share These Asthma and Allergy Awareness Images to Spread Awareness

Asthma affects over 6 million American children and nearly 18 million adults. Among children, asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalizations and one of the top causes of school absences. Adults miss more than 14 million days of work each year. But still, many don't understand what it is like to manage a chronic illness like asthma. Share awareness images and messages this month to help others understand. Find these images, and more, in our Shareable Awareness Images photo album. Use...

Football Star Partners with Asthma Foundation to Help Kids Tackle Asthma

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants today announced the launch of their #TackleAsthma campaign to educate and inspire children with asthma. As part of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month this May, AAFA and Jennings are working to help families understand and manage the daily challenges of living with asthma.

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...

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