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Family Removed from Plane After Boy’s Allergic Reaction to Dog

AAFA Community Services ·
Be kind. Be nice. That is the message that a father with terminal cancer gives when he and his family are removed from a plane after his young son has an allergic reaction to a dog.
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AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

AAFA Community Services ·
Notice any small cats and dogs riding the rails on Amtrak recently? One of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Facebook fans did. The person told us about a recent policy change, writing: This obviously poses a huge health risk to children and adults with pet allergies, some of which may be severe or even life-threatening. Amtrak isn't even reserving a single car to be designated as pet-free, not even the quiet car. Would the AAFA be willing to send a letter to Amtrak illustrating...
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sazzie ·
Dogs are everywhere now. In restaurants, they are on the patio. They are in grocery stores, in carts, no less. Where is the Allergic Asthma Lobby? There was a Group that got peanuts removed from some airlines. What about those of us that could go into a massive asthma attack due to dander. Oh, and I love telling people there are no such thing as hypoallergenic animals. They don't like hearing that at all.
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Saphiregirl ·
I personally have a hard time with people bringing their "service animals" into the grocery store. What about public health standards for the rest of us? And I agree, that there should be an area on planes, trains and buses for those of us who need a pet free space. Cat dander, dog fur, dog smells etc. are all an irritant to someone with asthma and allergies. Even after the pets leave their evidence remains long after.
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SheridanCN1 ·
I think it is time to start a group to advocate for changes to laws that allow pets and service dogs into public spaces. I'm looking to start a local group in southern NY sheridanCN1@gmail.
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6 Ways to Stay Asthma-Healthy During the Holidays

AAFA Community Services ·
While the holidays are a time of cheer for most, the festive atmosphere can cause symptoms for those with asthma. But if you navigate the holidays carefully, you increase your chances of getting through the season incident free.
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Early Exposure to Pet and Pest Allergens Could Reduce Asthma Risk

AAFA Community Services ·
More than 8 percent of children in the U.S. currently have asthma. Did you know early exposure to some allergens may reduce a child’s asthma risk?
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Marie E Natzke ·
I've heard that said many times. But my parents had a dog for a few years before I was born and that did not keep me from being allergic to animals nor did it prevent me from developing asthma. It wasn't until they removed the pet from the home did my allergies improve and the asthma attacks stopped happening. At the age of 50 I unknlowlingly came in contact with a dog and had a bad asthma attack. Since then my allergies have not calmed down.
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Ann Barbiero ·
Since when do pets take precedence over the health of humans? This is discrimination and is illegal. The Americans with Disabilities Act needs to be revised to address this discriminatory situation. Persons advocating for persons with asthma &/or allergies should call and/or write to: Civil Rights Division of US Dept of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530 USA, phone: 1-202-514-4609 and give them your story/case (asthma and/or allergy situation). Important to stress...
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Ann Barbiero ·
Kathy P - Please feel free to use my comments below. I am being excluded, which is discriminatory and illegal, by being unable to travel on trains, planes and unable to go to airline terminals, hotels/motels, buildings, hospitals, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. because I cannot be where dog/pets have been in the past year due to my allergy to dog/pet dander. This is a direct threat to my health by limiting my major life activity of breathing due to forcing me, in these enclosed areas, to...
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Kathy P ·
We've been advocating on this issue for a couple of year. It helps us to have patient stories when we talk with policy makers about how pet allergies affect people with asthma when they travel. If you have a story, you can email it to stories@aafa.org .
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Shea ·
Thank you for this info and for helping us organize and express ourselves in this matter! I did submit my comment to them. I hope it makes a difference!
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Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Has the increase in pets on planes made travel difficult for you or family members with asthma or allergies? Have you had to change travel plans or leave a plane because of animals on your flight? Have you had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction on a flight because of sharing a cabin with animals? If so, we encourage you to share your story with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). They are asking for public comments on pets on planes.
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MizWheezie ·
While my heart goes out to people who require "Service Animals" to assist in their every day life, I think there should definitely be some consideration for those of us with severe allergies to animal dander... Being cooped up on a plane (or train) with them for several hours, or even 30-45 minutes, is sheer torture for people like us, unfortunately.
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Melissa G ·
Thank you ladies for taking the time to fill out the survey!
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Allergictoanimals ·
I completed the survey. All, Has anyone been traveling by plane that can recommend a company mask to cover nose and mouth on plane to protect from pet dander? I haven't travelled since early 2015 and hoping to take a trip at the end of this month. Thanks in advance for your help.
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K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks for making your voice heard, AllergictoAnimals! Masks are a favorite topic on our community forums, with several brands favored by different members. Check out this discussion about using masks to help with asthma .
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Re: Early Exposure to Pet and Pest Allergens Could Reduce Asthma Risk

CarolineWard ·
Thanks for the information. In many cases I have noticed people have allergies with these pests. Therefore it become mandatory to take preventive measure and eradicate them from the house asap!
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
I am working in my state to get a bill introduced on behalf of those of us with life-threatening asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis in regards to this ubiquitous problem of fake service pets, "emotional support" dogs and just general entitlement of pet owners bringing pets into nearly every public building and store. Those of us with dander-sensitive disabilities have been suffering in silence, are being pushed out of our communities and have been ignored, treated rudely and unheard while the...
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LAC ·
I'm really sorry to hear about your family's allergies and asthma, as well. It is so scary, especially with children. We have multiple family members with various allergies and four that have/had life-threatening asthmatic reactions to dander. I am here to try to find other like-minded sufferers to help us mobilize a legal effort to put a stop to this out of control problem of dogs and other animals in public buildings, stores and on public transportation. It seems like the dander issue is...
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LAC ·
Hi, I've had allergies since age three and asthma since age 14, after a severe case of bronchitis. The animal dander reactions became increasingly severe to the point of being life-threatening by age 15. I also have food sensitivities and a food and drug allergy, but it is the dander allergy that poses the greatest threat, as our society is so hostile towards anyone who points out that people need to come before dogs.
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Melissa G ·
I am so sorry you have had so many struggles. We have four in our family with asthma and two children with life threatening food allergies.
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Melissa G ·
Welcome to AAFA LAC! How long have you been dealing with alleriges/asthma?
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