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Improving Your Asthma and Allergy Health

Help Improve and Save Lives by Driving the Future of Asthma and Allergy Research

Research has brought us amazing medical discoveries and treatments. But research is also a continual process if we are to pursue better health. Asthma and allergies are complex conditions. Research gives us a better understanding of them. This can lead to new medicines, ways to improve quality of life, and hopefully, cures. And research can be most effective when it centers around the qualities and needs of the patients it aims to serve. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)...

Asthma and Allergy Myths, Part 4! Panic Attacks, P.E. Class, and Asthma

In part 4, Dr. M. Itch got a little worked up about these latest myths. So he went back to TikTok to answer more questions about asthma and allergies . Is asthma actually just a panic attack? Can you participate in P.E. class if you have asthma? Does Dr. M. Itch eat broccoli? Don't forget to also watch our other myth-busting videos. Keep your eye on our AAFA blog and TikTok channel for more videos during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . RELATED CONTENT Watch Dr. M. Itch bust...

Teach Kids About Asthma and Food Allergies With AAFA’s Activity Book

Are you looking for a simple and fun way to help your child learn about asthma or food allergies? “Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activities” book (available in English and Arabic ) teaches children about asthma and food allergy basics through relatable characters, coloring pages, puzzles, and other activities you and your child can do together. Currently, there are about 5.1 million children under 18 with asthma. 1 It is the leading chronic disease in children. 2 About 5.6...

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Need for Improving Indoor Air Quality

As evidence has mounted that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread through the air, it has placed an urgent spotlight on indoor air ventilation. In addition to wearing masks and keeping a physical distance from people outside your household, experts recommend improving air flow in indoor spaces. The virus is more likely to spread indoors where air may be trapped from flowing. The virus spreads from tiny droplets that come out of people’s mouths and noses when they breathe, talk, sing,...

Asthma and Allergy Myths, Part 2! Home Allergy Tests, Caffeine, Adult Asthma, and Food Allergies and COVID-19 Vaccines

Can caffeine stop an asthma attack? Are at-home food allergy tests legit? Dr. M. Itch is back on TikTok to answer these questions and more about asthma and allergies . Don't forget to check out our first round of myth-busting videos . Watch our AAFA blog and TikTok channel for more videos during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . RELATED CONTENT Watch Dr. M. Itch bust more asthma and allergy myths: Part 1: Face Masks, Inhalers, and Climate Change Part 3: Food Allergies: Milk...

2021 Asthma Capitals™ Report: Where Does Your City Rank?

AAFA Highlights the Most Challenging Places in the U.S. to Live With Asthma On May 5, 2021, World Asthma Day , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released the 2021 Asthma Capitals™ report . This report analyzes data from the 100 largest cities in the U.S. to identify the most challenging places to live with asthma. This year, Allentown, Pennsylvania, takes the top spot. How Are Cities Ranked? Knowing what puts someone at higher risk for asthma is an important part of...

Asthma Myths, Busted! Face Masks, Inhalers, and Climate Change

There are a lot of misconceptions going around about asthma. We invited Dr. M. Itch to join us on TikTok to knock out some common asthma myths . In these videos, Dr. M. Itch solves the mysteries behind face masks and asthma, the effect of inhalers on climate, and whether or not you should shake your asthma inhalers. Meanwhile, we're looking into a mystery of our own. Dr. M. Itch looks a lot like Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Medical...

People With Asthma Need Healthy Air

May 3 – 7 is Air Quality Awareness Week , sponsored by the NOAA National Weather Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s theme is “Healthy Air – Important For Everyone!” to raise air quality awareness and encourage everyone to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) often. The very air that is meant to give us life can also harm us if it's full of pollution. According to the...

Asthma Health Q&A: Management, New Guidelines, and COVID-19 Vaccines (Twitter Chat)

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) hosted a Twitter chat on asthma health on May 3, 2021. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and David Stukus, MD , associate professor and Director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, joined us to answer common questions about managing asthma, asthma treatment guidelines, and COVID-19 vaccines. Below are some highlights from the chat. To see more, search for the hashtag...

Answers to Common Questions About Getting Copies of Your Medical Records

Your medical records are important, especially when you have asthma and allergies . They are the history of all the medical care you have received and can help your doctors more accurately create a plan of treatment for you. But getting copies of your medical records may be a challenge. Whether you need them for your new doctor, a job, or just for your personal files, you should be able to access your records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives you the...

Twitter Chat: Environmental Justice and Asthma Health Impacts on Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Americans

Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Environment Section on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) for a Twitter chat on environmental justice and asthma health, as well as how these issues affect Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native groups. Follow @AAFANational and @APHAEnvironment and use the hashtag #EJAH2021 to join the conversation. AAFA, APHA's Environment Section, and other experts will...

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With the Latest Issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine

The Spring 2021 issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine – our digital magazine for people with asthma and allergies – is available! This special issue includes tips and information to help you improve your indoor air quality for a healthier home. It also highlights our asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program . The Certification Program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. Even if a product is labeled “hypoallergenic” or “asthma and allergy friendly,” it doesn’t mean...

Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community (Videos and Resources)

The New England Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently hosted a webinar to examine health equity among Black Americans. Four experts joined the online discussion, titled “Speaker Series: Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community.” The panel looked at how these factors affect health equity: Social determinants of health Structural racism Implicit bias Asthma Disparities in America The burden of asthma in the U.S. falls disproportionately on...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: Healthcare.gov and Some States Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

Update – Feb. 18, 2021 We have updated this blog post with information on new state and Healthcare.gov special open enrollment periods. We have also included information on how health insurance access affects asthma disparities. Access to health care is an important part of managing asthma and allergy symptoms. But many people – especially Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Americans – don’t have access to health insurance that would make health care affordable. This contributes to asthma...

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