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Ragweed Woes: How to Win Against One of Pollen’s Worst Offenders

Say “ragweed” in a crowded room and you’re sure to hear some groans. Why? Because ragweed is the most common weed pollen allergy , affecting about 15% of Americans. If you have a ragweed pollen allergy, you may already have seasonal allergic rhinitis (“hay fever”) symptoms. Ragweed pollen season shows up in August and peaks in mid-September in most parts of the United States, especially in Eastern and Midwestern states. Hay fever is also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis . Symptoms...

You’re Invited: Be Part of the Future of Food Allergy Treatment

Update as of Sept. 2, 2021: We have updated this blog post to include information on how to register for the upcoming food allergy PFDD meeting and the video from the “Food Allergy Voice of the Patient Process” webinar from Aug. 20, 2021. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), as a founding member of the Food Allergy Collaborative , invites you to join us on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, for a patient-focused drug development (PFDD) meeting for food allergy. What : Food allergy PFDD...

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...

Mapping America’s Asthma Disparities: AAFA Works With Komodo Health to Map Asthma Data

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently worked with Komodo Health to highlight ethnic and racial disparities in asthma. Komodo Health analyzes data to create a Healthcare Map™ that gives a more precise view of the U.S. health care system and aims to help reduce the burden of disease. Komodo Health, with AAFA’s help, put together the report, Evaluating Links Between Asthma Outcomes and Racial Composition of Major U.S. Cities . The report built on findings from AAFA’s...

AAFA Marks Day of Remembrance for Lives Lost to Asthma and Allergies

On this final Friday of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) , our food allergy division, are holding a Remembrance Day in honor of family members and loved ones who’ve died from asthma or allergies. On average, more than 3,500 Americans die from asthma each year. 1 An estimated 200 also die each year because of severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis [anna-fih-LACK-sis]. 2 These death rates...

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...

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...

AAFA Asks Congress to Tackle Racial Disparities in Asthma and Allergies

As part of our advocacy efforts for people with asthma and allergies, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) visits Congress every year. We invite patients and advocates from across the U.S. to let Congress know what policies can help improve the lives of people managing allergic diseases. Meetings were held on Zoom this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic . The meetings focused on the urgent need to fix the nation’s health disparities gap. AAFA’s theme for this year’s meetings...

Take Action to Raise Asthma and Allergy Awareness

Even though more than 65 million people are affected by asthma and allergies, many people still don’t understand what it’s like to live with these conditions. That’s why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “ National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month .” We even asked President Biden to participate by making a national proclamation . All month long, we will be raising awareness to help dispel myths about asthma and allergies, and we invite you to join...

Washington, D.C., Families Managing Asthma Receive New Flooring to Improve Indoor Air Quality

A good asthma treatment plan includes managing your indoor air quality to help reduce asthma and allergy triggers . Rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting can hold onto irritants and allergens. But allergens and particles can be more easily cleaned from hard surface flooring. One way you can manage asthma and allergy triggers is by replacing carpets with hard surface flooring. In the United States, the burden of asthma falls disproportionately on poor, low-wealth, and minority populations. Housing...

Get Ready to Raise Asthma and Allergy Awareness

Raise Asthma and Allergy Awareness With Gear From Our Online Store Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. It's a great time to educate your family, friends, co-workers, and other people about these diseases. This year, we're even inviting the president to participate by declaring May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Asthma and allergies affect more than 65 million Americans. But many...

AAFA Asks President Biden to Recognize May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . This year, join us in asking President Biden to do the same. First recognized by President Regan in 1984 at AAFA's request, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers, and others about these diseases impacting more than 65 million Americans. On April 14, 2021, AAFA sent a letter to President Biden...

How to Safely Dispose of Your Asthma and Allergy Medicines

It's important to get rid of expired or unused medicines, inhalers, and epinephrine auto-injectors properly. They can be harmful to someone they aren't prescribed for, especially children. Or they could get into the hands of someone who might misuse them. And getting rid of them improperly can cause them to end up in the water supply, affecting humans and wildlife alike. There are several ways you can dispose of your medicines in a way that is safe and better for the environment. Disposing...

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...

AAFA and Rabbit Air Team Up to Help At-Risk Children With Asthma

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Rabbit Air have teamed up to help children in San Diego, California, and St. Louis, Missouri, have better indoor air quality to improve asthma management. AAFA is currently working with Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. We are helping them grow and expand their severe asthma clinic by providing funding, education support, and building their community network. AAFA staff meet with members of the Rady Children’s severe asthma clinic...

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