Improving Your Asthma and Allergy Health

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 flu and pneumococcal vaccines. If your child has asthma, they should get both the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. These shots can go a long way toward keeping your child healthy this school year.

4 Asthma Triggers to Be Aware of During Fourth of July Celebrations

Summer events, like the 4th of July, are a great time to get together with family and friends to celebrate. If you have asthma , be aware of possible triggers around you and take steps to prevent flare-ups. 1. Fireworks Fireworks are a traditional way to celebrate the holiday. But fireworks create smoke and small particulate matter that contributes to air pollution which can trigger asthma. Consider watching firework displays from an indoor location. 2. Smoke from Barbecues or Fire Pits Like...

Free Webinar: Food Allergies and Risk Factors for Anaphylaxis

RSVP : Reserve your spot now! WHEN : Wednesday, May 31, 2017 TIME : 12 PM – 1 PM ET WHERE : Your computer, iOS or Android device To wrap up food allergy awareness month, join Kids With Food Allergies for an important webinar about severe allergic reactions. Sometimes allergy symptoms are mild. Other times, symptoms can be severe and result in a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis (anna-fih-LACK-sis). Anaphylaxis is an allergic emergency that can cause serious, potentially...

Being #AsthmaFit: Join AAFA, AAAAI for a Twitter Chat

Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Wednesday, May 24 at 1 pm EDT for a #AsthmaFit Twitter chat. Follow @AAFANational and @AAAAI_org and use #AsthmaFit. Experts will answer your questions about staying fit and healthy with asthma, managing exercise-induced asthma (EIA) also known as exercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) , and more!

AAFA Blog Selected as One of the Best Asthma Blogs of 2017

We are proud to announce that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s blog has been named one of the best asthma blogs of 2017 by Healthline ! Healthline is a health site with information on several different topics. We could not have received this honor without all of our supporters and members. Our blog will continue to bring you information about asthma and allergic diseases like: Asthma and allergy news and research Managing allergic diseases Inspiring stories Medicine recalls...

Teach Kids About Food Allergies and Asthma With Our Activity Book

Are you looking for a simple way to help your child learn about food allergies or asthma? Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activities book teaches children through fun characters, coloring pages and puzzles you and your child can do together. More than 6 million children have asthma. It is the third most common chronic disease in children under 18 years old. 1 About 4 million children have food allergies. As part of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we want to help these...

Air Quality Flags and Apps Help Protect People with Asthma

The first week of May is 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. The EPA calculates the Air Quality Index (AQI) based on five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone particle pollution (also known as particulate matter) carbon monoxide sulfur dioxide nitrogen dioxide For people who have...

World Allergy Week Highlights the Agony of Chronic Hives

Do you suffer from hives? This week marks World Allergy Week, and the theme for this year’s event is The Agony of Hives - What to do when welts and swelling do not go away. The medical name for hives is urticaria. Hives are a common sign of an allergic reaction. Hives can also occur due to other causes, including a viral infection. Learn more by visiting Hives (Urticaria) . Find out when to call your health care provider, and when to go to the emergency room or call 911. Hives can occur due...

Health Insurance 101 for People With Asthma and Allergies (Video and Resources)

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) hosted a webinar on Thursday, March 30, 2017, about Health Insurance 101 for People with Asthma and Allergies. Watch video on YouTube Our guest speaker was Prue Fitzpatrick, MPH, a member of the Board of Directors for AAFA. She has a background in health care policy, having been involved with recent health reform policy development and implementation, as well as experience working within the insurance industry. Ms. Fitzpatrick discussed:...