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.
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).
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.
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...
Thirty-eight products earned the asthma & allergy friendly® CERTIFIED certification so far this year. They each passed scientific tests to ensure the products meet our standards to reduce asthma and allergy triggers. Take a look.
Did you know, people spend as much as 90% of their time inside their homes, offices, schools and cars? For those with allergies and asthma, air quality is important both indoors and out. Learn how to improve your indoor air quality.
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.
The holidays are a time of cheer for most, but asthma triggers can lurk in the festive atmosphere. Be aware of where asthma triggers can hide and how you can reduce your chances of an asthma flare. Learn what to avoid.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Health care reform has been a big topic in the news for a while now. With so much news on the topic, it can get confusing, especially during the federal Health Insurance Marketplace’s (Healthcare.gov) open enrollment. Here are some things to know about health care for 2019.
If you have asthma or allergies, it is important to have health insurance. Medicine, lab tests, lung function tests and visits to see a specialist all add up. What do you need to know about your insurance options during open enrollment this year?
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.