Peter DeMarco of Boston, Massachusetts, lost his wife, Laura Levis, to asthma during Asthma Peak Week in 2016. In the essay below, Peter shares Laura's story, as well as some facts about Asthma Peak Week. If you have asthma, taking precautions can help prevent asthma episodes, attacks and hospitalizations in September.
Thank you for sharing! I think you are doing amazing advocating for yourself and making changes in your home and work life, gaining support from your friends, family, and coworkers along the way (even though it can be hard at times). I am so thankful to hear your stories on Daily Roll Call thread and hear how you find accomodations and work through problems because it helps me and makes me feel less alone in this.
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.
AstraZeneca and its partner Amgen Inc. (Amgen) announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for tezepelumab in patients with severe asthma, without an eosinophilic phenotype, who are receiving inhaled corticosteroids/long-acting beta2-agonists with or without oral corticosteroids and additional asthma controllers.
To understand asthma , a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, it helps to first know how your airways work. Watch on YouTube How Do Normal Airways Work? When we breathe in, air moves through our airways – from our nose or mouth, down a large hollow tube in the front of the neck called a windpipe or trachea – and into our lungs. The trachea divides into two tubes called bronchial [bron-KEE-uhl] tubes in the lungs. They look like upside-down trees. As the bronchial...
Growing up, Jerica Gordon’s sister had asthma, but she does not remember her having any asthma attacks. “So when my son was having trouble breathing, I thought it was just congestion or something. There was no wheezing that I remember hearing,” she shared. In November 2016, Jerica took her son Jonathan Robinson, Jr., then age 5, to the emergency room.
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Join us as we raise awareness about asthma and allergies. More than 25 million people in the U.S. with asthma. Ten people die every day from asthma. But with the right education and treatment, the deaths are preventable. Together, we can educate others about the seriousness of asthma.
How are children with asthma affected by poor air quality? The first week of May marks Air Quality Awareness Week . The EPA measures air quality to tell us how clean or polluted the air is. This has special significance for people with asthma. Air pollution is a trigger for some people with asthma. Through custom alerts, you can track air quality to plan outdoor activities, such as outdoor recess. That’s how one New Jersey mom realized her son with asthma was running into breathing...
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing tips about asthma and allergies on cable television! Watch our first tip April 13 on Access Health airing on Lifetime Television®. We'll share dangers that can trigger an asthma attack . The show airs at 7:30 am ET/PT. This tip will be rebroadcast on April 20. Stay tuned for other tip topics, dates and previews! See the first preview here or watch the video below:
This time of year, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between allergies and a common cold. Both allergies and cold viruses tend to become widespread at certain times of the year, which is why you may mistake a cold for seasonal allergies. Allergies and viral infections can cause rhinitis . The word rhinitis means “inflammation of the nose.” The nose produces fluid called mucus. This fluid is normally thin and clear. It helps to keep dust, debris and allergens out of the lungs.
On June 13, 2017, the Coalition for Asthma-Free Homes gathered on the steps of New York’s City Hall to encourage legislators to pass the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B) . Area residents, medical experts and environmental advocates joined them. Heidi Bayer, Chairman of the Board for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, was also there. This bill would help reduce indoor allergens in rented homes that can trigger asthma symptoms . Landlords would be required to inspect homes for...
As you get ready to send your child with asthma back to school, add one more item to the top of your list: Get the flu and pneumococcal vaccines.
If your child has asthma, they should get both the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. These shots can go a long way toward keeping your child healthy this school year.
Outdoor events, cookouts and picnics are great ways to get together with family and friends to celebrate. If you have allergies and asthma, be aware of possible triggers and allergens around you and take steps to prevent flare-ups.
Tobacco smoke hurts everyone. It can affect you even if you aren’t around someone who is actively smoking. Studies now show that tobacco’s effects reach much farther than its smoke does. Tobacco smoke can do a lot of damage to your health. But did you know it can be even more harmful to those who have asthma, especially sensitive groups like children and older adults? The only way we can decrease asthma rates from tobacco is to reduce exposure to it.
The New York City Council is considering the Asthma-Free Housing Act of 2015 We know the environment can play a strong role in our health. But for patients with chronic conditions like asthma, a healthy indoor setting is critical. Indoor health hazards can all be asthma triggers . These hazards include mold, dust and pests (cockroaches, dust mites). Healthy indoor settings are a vital part of managing and controlling asthma. In large urban cities, older buildings and housing issues can often...
Please watch this video and answer the following questions. Your responses are anonymous. By answering these questions, you are participating in asthma research! This video compilation is 37:20 long and includes all of our project's episodes in one video. If you would rather watch shorter episodes, find them on Why Patient Engagement in Asthma Research Is Important . As you watch the video series, take notes using the Asthma Patient-Centered Research Training Guide . Watch video on YouTube
More than 10 years ago, U.S. tobacco companies were ordered to run ads about the bad effects of tobacco products. On Nov. 26, 2017, the court-ordered ads began. Tobacco smoke can cause a lot of damage to your health, even if you aren’t the one smoking. In 2006, a court found several major tobacco companies guilty of misleading the public about the dangers of tobacco products. The companies are finally running ads in major newspapers and on TV stations. These ads have to include specific...
Allergens, chemicals and strong scents are common triggers for the almost 25 million Americans with asthma. But high humidity can be just as troublesome. People with asthma have inflamed airways that are sensitive to things that may not bother other people. That’s why humidity, and all that comes with it, can be a problem for people with asthma. 1 Here are some reasons why. 1. Humid air feels harder to breathe in. Some believe moist air is heavier and harder to breathe. Heat and humidity...
After a natural disaster with flooding, people with asthma and allergies need to take extra precautions as they begin cleanup efforts. Long after waters have receded, flood waters can leave behind chemicals, bacteria, viruses and mold. These can create long-term health issues if you have asthma and allergies.
Please watch this video and answer the following questions. Your responses are anonymous. By answering these questions, you are participating in asthma research! Triggers can make your asthma worse. They can cause your airway to become inflamed. Find out more about common asthma triggers in this video. Watch video on YouTube Watch the next video in this series - Understanding Asthma Treatments
Last year’s top Asthma Capital, Springfield, Massachusetts, is again the most challenging place in the U.S. to live with asthma. To get a better understanding of the asthma problem there, we talked with a local family, senator, allergist and city councilor.
Jessica Barber Brown and her son Isaac, age 11, live about 45 minutes outside of Louisville, Kentucky (overall #7 on Asthma Capitals), in Lawrenceburg. Both Jessica and Isaac have asthma and allergies.
Halloween means crisp fall air, pumpkins and trick-or-treating. But for adults and kids who manage asthma and allergies, even the best parts of Halloween – like treats, costumes and decorations–can be frightful triggers. Knowing how to avoid triggers can reduce stress and minimize the chances of a food allergy reaction or an asthma attack. Here are our tips to make your Halloween safer. Know What Is Safe to Eat For most kids, Halloween is all about treats and candy! For kids with food...
Don't let hidden allergy and asthma triggers ruin your holiday cheer. Knowing where your triggers can hide during this festive season can reduce your chances of an asthma flare. Review your Asthma Action Plan and always keep your emergency medicines with you at all times.
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