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Improving Your Asthma and Allergy Health

Causes of Fall Allergy Symptoms and What You Can Do About Them

Ah, fall! Time for cozy jackets, colorful leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and … allergy medicine? If you’ve noticed the change in season also triggers allergy and asthma symptoms, you’re not alone. Just like spring, fall is a time when many people are seeking relief from their seasonal allergies . Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include: Itching in the nose and eyes Sneezing Stuffy nose (congestion) Runny nose Mucus (phlegm) in the throat (postnasal drip) Do You Live in an Allergy...

7 Things You May Not Know About Ragweed Pollen Allergy

Ragweed pollen allergy is a major cause of seasonal allergies, also known as “hay fever.” Its light pollen easily spreads far and wide, triggering nasal allergies and allergic asthma in its path. If you have a ragweed pollen allergy, it helps to know what you are up against. If you live in the U.S., you probably feel the effects of ragweed pollen in the late summer and fall. Here are some things you may not know about ragweed. Ragweed Season Peaks in Mid-September Ragweed starts pollinating...

Sources of Air Pollution in Your Home That May Cause Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

Animal dander , pollen , mold , dust mites , and fumes released by cooking, burning fuel, or cleaning products can all have an impact on your indoor air. The health risks from poor indoor air quality can often be much worse than outdoor air. It is important to understand the sources of indoor air pollution. Allergens are a major source of indoor air pollution in homes. Common indoor allergens include animal dander, pollen, mold, dust mites, cockroaches, and more. Dust mites and pet dander...

Learn How to Manage Nasal Polyps (Live Online Event)

Nasal polyps are small, non-cancerous growths on the lining of the inside of your nose or sinus cavities. Some people who have asthma, allergic rhinitis , or chronic sinusitis may also have nasal polyps. Are you impacted by nasal polyps? If you or someone you care for has nasal polyps, you’ll want to know how to work with a doctor to find an effective treatment. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is excited to partner with PlatformQ Health and MedLive for an educational...

Understanding Vacuum Cleaner Certifications for a Healthier Home

Allergens, such as animal dander , dust mites , and pollen , can pile up on carpets and hard flooring. And then they can be kicked into the air when people walk on the floor or clean the floor. Some people with asthma may need to wear a mask while vacuuming or ask someone else to do the cleaning. A vacuum cleaner that is proven to remove allergens from flooring can be a useful tool to control allergy triggers in the indoor environment . But because vacuuming disturbs dust and other particles...

Summer To-Dos Before You Send Your Child With Asthma or Allergies to School

A parent’s to-do list for the beginning of a new school year is long. If your child has asthma or allergies, it may be even longer. But you can make school year planning easier by preparing in the summer. These school planning tips can help prevent asthma episodes and allergic reactions. And they can help the school know what to do if your child does have symptoms or an emergency. We recommend you follow all of these steps over the summer, well before the first day of school. Communicate...

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...

Asthma and Pregnancy: Information to Help You and Your Baby

Asthma is one of the most common medical concerns during pregnancy. If you are pregnant with asthma , here is some information to help you give your baby a better chance for a strong, healthy start. Your asthma symptoms may change during pregnancy. About 1/3 of pregnant woman have worse asthma symptoms. And another 1/3 see their asthma symptoms get better. Keep your asthma well-controlled to benefit both you and your baby. If you breathe better, your baby can get oxygen it needs from your...

[Sponsored] Understanding Asthma in Children

We thank Omron Healthcare, Inc. for their sponsorship of this blog post to help us share information about asthma in children. This is a sponsored post and is not an endorsement of any company or its products, nor is it a guarantee of the products’ safety. The funding we received for this advertisement helps support our free asthma and allergy programs. Asthma affects 5.1 million American children. 1 It is one of the most common serious chronic disease in kids. The burden of asthma is even...

Humidity’s Role in Asthma and Allergy Management

Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Too much or too little humidity can contribute to asthma , allergies , skin conditions , infections, and general discomfort. When there is a lot of water vapor in the air (high humidity), it feels hot and sticky. Sweat has trouble evaporating. When humidity is low, the air feels dry and cool. Sweat evaporates easily. The amount of actual water vapor in the air is called relative humidity. It is stated as a percentage. The Environmental...

Questions About Asthma and Allergies? Ask the Allergist

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has launched our new Ask the Allergist knowledge base . For more than 20 years, our board-certified allergists have answered your asthma and allergy questions through our Ask the Allergist service. Now we have compiled the most common questions people have submitted, along with their responses, into a searchable knowledge base. VISIT THE KNOWLEDGE BASE Here’s a sample of the questions and answers you’ll find in the knowledge base: What do I...

If You Have a Shellfish Allergy, Don’t Eat Cicadas No Matter How Tasty They May Look

You’ve probably heard the buzz as billions, if not trillions, of Brood X cicadas are coming out of their 17-year breeding cycle in much of the eastern half of the United States. We’re not just talking about the loud, constant whir that sounds like an army of lawn mowers. We’re talking about the latest food buzz. Some people are obsessed with observing or documenting these periodic cicadas. Other people think they make enticing cuisine (whatever floats your boat, food lovers). But the Food...

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