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Improving Your Asthma and Allergy Health

Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Video and Resources)

The MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), hosted a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. They answered questions and shared resources on how to create a school that is food allergy and asthma friendly while preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 . Watch on YouTube Resources Asthma COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools Helping Students Manage Asthma in School...

How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Asthma and Allergies

Even though COVID-19 will change how schools operate for the 2020-2021 school year, children with asthma and allergies need to have a school health care plan in place if they are returning to in-person learning. Physical distancing, extra hand-washing , face masks and coverings , and other school policies may impact your child’s care plan. What Is a School Health Care Plan? A school health care plan is a document (or set of documents) that outlines your child’s medical condition and how it...

Wildfire Season Has Begun – and It Affects Air Quality and Asthma

Each year, wildfires rage across the U.S. They have already begun in California this year. Smoke in the air contains tiny particles that affect air quality. These particles can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Poor air quality can worsen asthma symptoms . Children and those with respiratory disease like asthma are at high risk for asthma episodes when the air quality is poor. Wildfires do not only affect those in the immediate fire area. Smoke can blow many miles away and impact...

Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Webinar)

School staff and parents are dealing with many challenges this school year because of COVID-19 . Policies and procedures may affect students and staff with asthma and allergies. Join the MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), for a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. RSVP now to join us for the MedicAlert LIVE Healthy Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Cleaning Your Hands With Soap Vs. Hand Sanitizer: What Is Best to Protect Yourself From COVID-19 and Other Illnesses?

Keeping your hands clean is one of the easiest ways to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 . It can also help help protect you from flu, colds and other respiratory infections . It also helps prevent foodborne illnesses (such as salmonella) while cooking. One study shows people touch their faces on an average of 23 times an hour. 1 Your hands come in contact with many germs, and when you touch your face, you increase your chances of getting sick. Keeping them clean...

Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

Information from AAFA’s Ask the Allergist is not a substitute for a consultation with a health care professional. Always talk with your own doctor before making changes to your asthma or allergy management plan. This question appeared in our spring/summer 2020 issue of freshAAIR Magazine, our FREE digital magazine featuring news and resources on asthma and allergies. Read the most recent issue. Question: When using oral steroids daily for the treatment of asthma, what is considered a “high...

Asthma and Allergy Research With You as an Equal Partner

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) conducts and promotes patient-centered research to help you. This means your beliefs, preferences and needs are at the center of our research. Your input drives our advocacy work, guides our education programs and supports our community. Recently, we’ve studied the following topics: Symptoms of anaphylaxis in infants and toddlers Eczema burdens and people’s experiences with treatments Impact of COVID-19 on people with asthma and allergy Air...

Carry Your Emergency Medicines Everywhere You Go When You Have Asthma and Allergies

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your asthma and allergies prevent life-threatening emergencies. Make a pact to “ACT” to manage your asthma and allergies: “A” means have an action plan for asthma or anaphylaxis . “C” reminds you to carry emergency medicines and wear a medical ID to alert others of your condition. “T” calls for having a treatment plan that includes when to take your medicines and what to do in an emergency.

What to Do If You Can't Afford Your Asthma Medicines

Keeping your asthma under control is a key part of staying healthy. Avoiding asthma triggers to prevent symptoms is important. So is carrying a quick-relief (rescue) inhaler everywhere you go. Long-term control medicines that you take every day help you prevent and control asthma symptoms. But asthma medicine can be expensive, whether or not you have insurance. If multiple members of your family have asthma, the cost is even greater. Your house may be stocked with different kinds of inhalers...

Join Our Twitter Chat to Learn How to Take Control of Your Asthma Health

Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at noon ET for a Twitter chat on how to take control of your asthma health. Follow @AAFAnational and @AAAAI_org and use the hashtag # asthmahealth to join the conversation. AAFA, AAAAI and other experts will answer questions about: What are common asthma symptoms? How is asthma diagnosed? What are common asthma triggers? What are some ways...