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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 .
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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?
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...
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..
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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