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AAFA Welcomes New Executive Directors to Two Chapters

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) welcomes two new Executive Directors this year. David Guydan has joined the AAFA New England Chapter , and Marjorie Moore has joined the AAFA St. Louis Chapter . Guydan brings both for-profit and nonprofit experience to his AAFA role. He started with a career in banking and finance, serving as a CEO in the industry for 10 years. More recently, he worked as a strategic planning consultant for multiple nonprofits. He also held a fellowship as...

These Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis Can Be the Most Frustrating

Atopic dermatitis (AD), a type of eczema, can be a frustrating skin disease. Many people think it's just a rash or dry skin. But it's so much more. AD symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, even embarrassing at times. It can have a significant effect on quality of life. Help us raise awareness about eczema during Eczema Awareness Month by sharing the messages below on social media. Share on Social Media Share this picture and message on social media. To download the picture, right-click...

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.

AAFA Study Shows Surprising Rate and Severity of Atopic Dermatitis in Adults

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) led a research study called Atopic Dermatitis in America . The purpose of this study is to shed light on the number of adults who deal with this frustrating skin condition. This week, AAFA has released early findings from the report. One surprising find from the study was the number of adults with AD who say it is moderate to severe. As many as 40% of the people surveyed said they had moderate-to-severe AD. Through this study, we hope to...

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.

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