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Attack Asthma Run Raises Awareness and Money for Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Nearly 25 million Americans have asthma. This includes more than 400 students at San Leandro High School in California. When Jan Othen, a health and physical education teacher, learned how many students at her school have asthma and she heard about several asthma-related deaths, she decided she had to do something to help raise awareness.
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Bill Introduced to Encourage Schools to Stock Quick-Relief Asthma Medicines

AAFA Community Services ·
The School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, H.R. 2285, was filed on May 2, 2017, in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would require states to also have laws that allow schools to keep asthma quick-relief medicines on hand. Learn more about this bill and how to get involved.
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Black Children Six Times More Likely to Die of Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
There is no cure for asthma, but with the proper diagnosis, medication and an asthma management plan, symptoms can be controlled. When not properly controlled asthma can be deadly. A study being presented at the 2017 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting called “Where Do Children with Asthma Die? A National Perspective from 2003 to 2014” seeks to address where and which demographics of children are dying because of asthma in the United States.
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What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

AAFA Community Services ·
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. It can also cause death in severe cases. The flu can affect your lungs when you have asthma. Having asthma puts you at risk of serious health problems from the flu. Take our survey.
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What Forms Do You Need for School If Your Child Has Asthma?

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. It is also the top reason for missed school days. If your child has asthma, know what forms your school requires for managing medications and asthma episodes at school. You must send a new set of signed forms to their school each year.
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What You Need to Know About Asthma During Pregnancy

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is one of the most common medical problems that occurs during pregnancy. It can potentially be serious. Some studies have suggested that asthma complicates up to 7% of all pregnancies. About 30% of all women with asthma report their asthma worsened while pregnant. But with the right treatment and care, you and your baby can have a good outcome. Visit Living With Asthma: Asthma During Pregnancy to find out more about: asthma complications during pregnancy changes in asthma severity the...
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Your Asthma and Allergy Checklist for January

AAFA Community Services ·
Are you making a to-do list for the new year? Add some of these asthma and allergy tasks to your to-do list.
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Your Support Makes a Difference for Those With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
On behalf of all of us at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and those we serve, thank you. Your gifts in 2017 will have a far-reaching impact in the coming year. We are grateful to work with you to make a difference in the lives of the millions living with asthma and allergies. You make all of this possible.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Melissa G ·
Doug, do you like the qvar redihaler? Have you noticed any differences with it?
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Pljohns ·
I use the QVAR respihaler too and for me, not having propellant in it made a huge difference. My lungs have never liked the prolellant but I've always managed because the steroid component took care of the issues I had but the new respihaler is MUCH better for me.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Doug Abrahamson ·
I agree with PLJOHNS comments. The new delivery works fine. I also like not having to use a spacer.
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Re: How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

GigiGibson ·
Lynn, thank you for coming out of the closet and educating others on the struggles we face. You are a warrior and inspiration. My workplace environment has come a long way since I spoke out. It was hard to do at first but now everyone knows. People come up to me to warn me about the elevator or stairway or bathroom when there are perfumes used (policy violation). One thing you didn't mention is the fear we live with....fear of another bad attack or fear of being out with a flare and not...
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Re: How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

pinkladycha ·
Thanks for this article
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Re: How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

K8sMom2002 ·
I love this! I'm with Gigi -- Lynn, thank you for your courage and your willingness to be an advocate for all of us with asthma! You did GOOD!
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Re: How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

Shea ·
Thank you Lynn for your courage on speaking up and bringing attention to the importance of creating a safe workspace for those with asthma. Breathing is an important life function and we can all benefit by reducing scents and chemicals that have lung irritants in them and keeping good indoor air quality. Many people are not educated sbout the toxins in many perfumes and scented products nor are they aware of the health effects using and wearing such products cause to so many individuals. I...
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Re: How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

LK ·
I agree with everything already said by Gigi, PinkLadyCha, Cynthia and Shea! Well done, Lynn!! I admit that before I had asthma, I was totally unaware how scents and other triggers affected people with asthma.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, Susana! That sounds super frustrating! You may be eligible for help through pharmaceutical assistance programs . Have you checked AAFA's list of resources there?
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Jenny H ·
Wow- this came as quite a surprise that the old inhaler is no longer available. The email and letter I received in the mail introducing the inhaler said NOTHING about discontinuing the old inhaler. Only through this post did I learn this. Extremely upsetting business practice on behalf of Teva. Does anyone have experience with this inhaler? My daughter is only 3 years old and we use a spacer- since this can't be used with a spacer just wondering how well it works for the little ones. Any...
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

K8sMom2002 ·
That would be a great question to ask your doc -- but I understand why you wouldn't want to have an appointment just for this question. Why not put a call into the doctor's office and talk with the nurse? Or email your doctor through your portal? Another possibility: could you reach out to your pharmacist? Or if you guys use a respiratory therapist, to them? My pediatrician talked to us about going to a dry powder inhaler that didn't require a spacer because so often parents and kids don't...
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Doug Abrahamson ·
My Qvar prescription is setup for auto-refill at Walgreens. A couple of days ago it was supposed to be refilled and the status changed to out of stock and backorder. A few days later it was filled and when I went in to pick it up, the pharmacist said something like the manufacturer changed. When I got home I discovered my prescription was changed to the new Qvar RediHaler. I'm looking forward to trying it out but I won't know for another 20 days until I use up my old Qvar.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

K8sMom2002 ·
Doug, I hope it works well for you! Glad your pharmacist noted the change so you would be aware of it.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Pljohns ·
I take qvar and am waiting to see what they fill it with this month
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

MonicaW6 ·
What a wonderful story and testimony that with Asthma you can do what your heart desires. You are a champion Megan on so many levels and an inspiration to individuals with or without Asthma. I look forward to your next blog!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

K8sMom2002 ·
Go, Megan! Monica is right -- great story and a wonderful display of grit and never giving up!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

Kathy P ·
Good luck Megan!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

RSkalak ·
What an amazing and inspiring story! I have asthma and environmental allergies and am active-sometimes I have to limit my activities outside during certain months so I don’t go into a flare..happens too often for me but I try to keep my lungs in shape too! I keep trying to push myself.
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

Megan Roberts ·
That's great you persevere and push yourself while being smart about it @RSkalak ! It sounds like you've figured out what took me way too long to learn-- that exercise with asthma is a balancing act, but absolutely possible if you know how to manage your triggers. Best wishes in your active life!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

Megan Roberts ·
Thanks @Kathy P , @MonicaW6 , @AmyWhicker and @K8sMom2002 for the support and well wishes! Such a strong community of supporters through AAFA.
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Re: Your Support Makes a Difference for Those With Asthma and Allergies

pinkladycha ·
AAFA has been a blessing. My birthday was yesterday and I was able to raise a small amount in lieu of gifts through Facebook.
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Re: Your Support Makes a Difference for Those With Asthma and Allergies

Kathy P ·
That's awesome! What a great way to support AAFA! Starting a Facebook fundraiser is so easy too. For anyone interested, there are lots of ways to support AAFA - http://www.aafa.org/page/fundraise-for-aafa.aspx .
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Ann Barbiero ·
Teva Pharmaceuticals and other inhaler manufacturers need to make an inhaler product that does NOT have these serious side effects. No Glaucoma, Cataracts, Adrenal Insufficiency, etc. wanted by me (SEE WARNINGS listed above). Jenny H. - Please Note: Product described above says 4 years of age and older.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Kathy P ·
Ann - it's very frustrating when meds have potential long term side effects. It's are really hard position for everyone with asthma to have to balance the trade off of meds to manage their asthma and potential side effects.
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Re: AAFA Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Asthma and Allergy Research

K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks, AAFA! Research is the key. One day I know that asthma folks will have much better treatment options than we do now.
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Re: AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

Kathy P ·
It sounds like it's helpful for you to destress. That can certainly be a good thing since stress can be an asthma trigger.
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Re: AAFA Explains: Can Essential Oils Help Asthma?

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, JJTRE and welcome! I'm like you -- essential oils and scents can really trigger my asthma. We have a conversation going about how to deal with irritants that you might want to join in.
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Re: AAFA Explains: Can Essential Oils Help Asthma?

Shea ·
Interesting. I have read lots of places that essential oils can be used to reduce mold and dust mites and open airways. I use eucalyptus and tea tree aLOT... I hope I am not causing my asthma problems... I KNOW a lot of candles trigger my asthma, and cleaning chemicals like bleach and chlorine, that is why I look to alternatives with essential oils that I thought were not as harsh but could keep the air free from molds, mites, and other irritants. I do not think I have had problems with...
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Do You Have an Asthma-Friendly Home?

AAFA Community Services ·
Following the steps in our checklist can go far to help everyone in your home manage asthma better.
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Losing Laura: Each Day 10 Too Many People Die From Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
In this essay, you’ll hear from Peter DeMarco of Boston, Massachusetts, who lost his wife, Laura Levis, to asthma. Boston ranks #8 on our 2019 Asthma Capitals report. It has such a high ranking because of a high number of people with asthma and asthma-related deaths.
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AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program Celebrates 10 Successful Years

AAFA Community Services ·
This spring allergy season marks the 10th anniversary of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. The 60 million Americans with asthma and allergies have learned to trust certified consumer products and services when they see the Certification Mark on a product label. Certified products and services have been tested against strict scientific standards and shown to be suitable for families with asthma o
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AAFA Explains: Can Essential Oils Help Asthma?

AAFA Community Services ·
Essential oils, like herbal remedies, come from plants. Practitioners of traditional and folk medicine (usually meaning those without a medical degree) have used essential oils for thousands of years, much like herbal remedies. Is there any evidence to back up claims that essential oils can help my asthma?
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

AAFA Community Services ·
Improving the air quality in your living room and bedroom is an important part of managing your asthma and allergies. But did you know the air quality of your kitchen is important too?
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

AAFA Community Services ·
Your indoor air can actually be worse than outdoor air. This is because your indoor air is made up of the outdoor air that comes in your home, plus allergens, scents and chemicals in the home.
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Xolair Approved for Children with Asthma Triggered by Allergens

AAFA Community Services ·
There is a new drug available for children with uncontrolled asthma caused by airborne allergens. Xolair is already approved for people, ages 12 and older, with moderate to severe asthma. It belongs to a class of drugs called biologics. It is given in a doctor’s office by injection. The FDA recently approved it for children between ages 6 and 11 whose asthma is not controlled with other long-term medications . Approval makes Xolair the only biologic for children with uncontrolled allergic...
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Your Asthma and Allergy Checklist for February

AAFA Community Services ·
January flew by and February is already here! It's time to put some of these asthma and allergy tasks on your to-do list for this month.
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Re: AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

CConatser ·
My allergies trigger my asthma. I hope everyone gets better. This is not fun.. The one place I want to be is outside. I am very limited to being out there. I am Thankful for for every breath I get to take..
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Allergymom ·
I vacuum (almost) daily and we always shower before bed. Pollen is a big trigger for my LO.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Victoria E ·
As someone who suffers from asthma, eczema, environmental allergies, mold allergies and food allergies, keeping a clean home is imperative for my health. Our entire first floor is hardwood, although unfortunately, our bedrooms are still carpeted. To counteract this allergen "trap", I hire a professional allergy & asthma certified carpet cleaner twice per year, and follow up with twice-weekly vacuums using a HEPA-Filter Dyson vacuum. In the bedroom, where I'm spending at least 8-hours per...
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Re: High School Athlete Doesn’t Let Asthma Stop Her

K8sMom2002 ·
I love this! Way to go, Reilly!
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