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Improving Your Asthma and Allergy Health

Reducing the Chance of an Asthma Flare and Finding Support

Six years ago, Lisa Kelly went to see her doctor about a chronic cough. She learned she has severe uncontrolled asthma. With her doctor’s help, she has since tried various treatments to manage her asthma. They have each helped for a little while, but not as much as she would like. In 2017, she discovered the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) online community.

What Is a Biologic?

Biologics are targeted therapies made from living organisms or natural sources. Biologic therapy involves injections every few weeks or so that are tailored to the individual. Biologics help normalize your immune system by controlling immune responses that lead to inflammation. There are biologic treatments available for people with moderate-to-severe asthma or atopic dermatitis (eczema).

You Are an Important Part of Asthma and Allergy Research and Treatment

Earlier this year, AAFA surveyed members of our community about clinical trials for asthma and allergies. Most people said they would be willing to consider clinical trials. But only 9% of the people said they had been invited to participate in one! Learn what else we found about participation in clinical trials.

Atopic Dermatitis in America: Find Relief for This Painful Itchy Rash

If you have atopic dermatitis (AD) , you know a dry, itchy, red rash on your hands, arms, legs or other parts of the body is a part of daily life. AD is an allergic condition and the most common type of eczema. More than 18 million Americans of all ages have AD. The severity of AD can be different for each person and does not depend on when you developed the disease. However, AAFA’s recent study titled Atopic Dermatitis in America found that people with adult- and late childhood-onset AD...

Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Dry and/or cold air is a trigger for airway narrowing (bronchoconstriction) and can be a weather-related asthma trigger. When you breathe in cold, dry air through your mouth, the air doesn't get warmed by your nose first. The cold air goes to your lungs and airways. This can trigger an asthma attack. Try these tips to avoid having cold air trigger your asthma.

My Son Wrote “Help Me” on the Bathroom Mirror During an Asthma Attack

On Feb. 17, 2018, Javan Allison took a shower and wrote “help me” on the steamy bathroom mirror with his finger. He was struggling to breathe and having a severe asthma attack. “We took him to the emergency room and they could not get him to breathe,” remembered his mom Monique Cooper-Allison. “Normally, we would catch his asthma attacks and be in the emergency room for a couple of hours. This time, he was in the ICU for a week.” Javan spent a week in the ICU after a severe asthma attack.

The Power of Your Gift: Improving Lives Through Asthma and Allergy Research

When Diana Hanley’s daughter Jamie was a baby, she wheezed every time she got sick. She had her first allergic reaction to eggs at 11 months. Around age 2, she was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. And because of constant hives, many foods were removed from her diet. Her family is now part of research to help families managing asthma and allergies. Read Jamie's story.

A New Free Online Class Can Improve Your Asthma Health

Asthma is a complex condition. People can have different levels of asthma, triggers and treatments. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have had asthma for some time, you may need help making sense of it all. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has created the ASTHMA Care for Adults program. This program covers a full range of topics someone with asthma needs to know.

Caring for a Child With Asthma and Allergies: The Value of Providing Parents With Peace of Mind

In the summer of 2017, Alexis Fetterman and her parents had an unexpected introduction to asthma and allergies . Alexis was 2 years old and got sick with a respiratory virus. After a visit to the emergency room, she was admitted to the hospital and flown to a nearby children’s hospital. After a few days in the hospital, Alexis was diagnosed with asthma. “The hospital stay was a really traumatic experience. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in learning about asthma and allergies. I want to...

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Announces Free Online Course for Asthma Patients

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) with support provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created and launched the Asthma Symptoms, Treatment, Health Management and Activities™ (ASTHMA) Care for Adults program to help patients manage asthma and improve their health. The program covers a full range of topics someone with asthma needs to know.

How Do You Treat Your Eczema?

There are a variety of treatments for eczema, including creams and ointments. But your doctor may also recommend moisturizing methods, like "soak and seal" and "wet wrapping." These therapies can help your topical medicines be more effective. Everyone's eczema is different, and there are many ways you can manage flare-ups. Talk to your doctor about therapies that may work best for you.