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Michigan Woman With Severe Asthma Has New Hope Through Bronchial Thermoplasty

For people with severe asthma, medicines may not help keep their asthma under control. A procedure called bronchial thermoplasty may offer relief, reducing asthma episodes or attacks in people with severe asthma. Lexi Larabee, who has severe asthma, is currently undergoing bronchial thermoplasty. Lexi shares her experience in her own words.

October Is Eczema Awareness Month

If you have eczema , or care for someone who does, you know it can be a frustrating disease. This skin condition can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and tricky to manage. Atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, affects about 16.5 million Americans. Those who have it know it’s much more than “dry skin,” “sensitive skin” or a “rash.” But many who aren’t familiar with eczema don’t realize the social, emotional and financial impact it can have on people and families who manage it.

AAFA Applauds Walgreens and Kaléo Partnership, Increasing Patient Access to Life-Saving Epinephrine

Walgreens and kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, are working together to improve access to epinephrine auto-injectors by making kaléo’s AUVI-Q® available through Walgreens locations nationwide. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) applauds this effort to help thousands of Americans with their epinephrine needs during the back to school season, as supply issues have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by other manufacturers.

Plea to the Department of Health and Human Services: People With Allergies Need Access to Epinephrine Now

Manufacturing and insurance issues have made it hard for many members of our community to fill their prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors in recent months. But the drug epinephrine itself is not in short supply. This has become a serious concern for families of children with life-threatening food allergies. When families who manage food allergies are in fear for their children's lives because they can't get the medicine they need, our system is broken.

Join Us in Thanking Lynda Mitchell for Her Contributions to Patient-Centered Care

Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) honors Lynda Mitchell’s dedication and service to people with asthma and allergies. Her last day as Chief Operating Officer of AAFA will be on the first of August. Lynda will be pursuing other opportunities. “Lynda Mitchell’s groundbreaking formation of Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) in 1998 created a new benchmark in the patient-centered care movement. Her deep dedication and continuing commitment to families and patients, as well...

Managing the Stress of Asthma in Boston, Massachusetts, the #11 Asthma Capital

As Nancy Gomez knows, managing a child’s severe asthma can take a big toll on a parent’s time, finances and emotions. Nancy’s 10-year-old son, Oziel, has had asthma and allergies since he was a baby. Today Oziel has environmental allergies to pollen, animals, dust, smoke and more. His allergies, exercise and cold weather all trigger his asthma. On top of this, Oziel also has life-threatening food allergies. And he is autistic. Managing all of this is a constant challenge.

Managing Asthma and Poor Air Quality in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the #14 Asthma Capital

During gym class, young April Behounek, noticed a burning sensation in her chest and trouble breathing. She told her mom and they went to see an allergist in northern Wisconsin. At age 10, April was diagnosed with asthma and an allergy to dogs. She grew up managing her asthma with the support of her parents and her doctors. This included using both long-term control and quick-relief inhalers.

Fighting for Air in Detroit, Michigan, the #16 Asthma Capital

Shari Duncan has had asthma for more than three decades. In recent years it has become quite severe. Shari takes daily asthma maintenance medicines, does nebulizer breathing treatments and works hard to avoid her biggest asthma triggers. She also uses her quick-relief inhaler about once or twice a week. In spite of these efforts, four to six times a year Shari is hospitalized for asthma.

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