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Food Allergies and the Emotional, Social and Financial Impact

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AAFA released the My Life With Food Allergy: Parent Survey Report. This report summarizes the emotional, social and financial impact on the parent or caregiver of a child with food allergies.
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Sign the Petition to Save Patient Access to Allergy Shots

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Proposed regulations introduced by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) could dramatically limit patient access to allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). If these new regulations go into effect, allergists would unlikely be able to continue to mix allergen extracts for their patients. The result may limit timelines of allergy shot treatment. The insurance coverage of this treatment may also be restricted. What can I do to prevent these regulations from going into effect? The American...
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People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

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The flu can be dangerous for anyone, but those with asthma are at risk of complications if they get the flu. These extra steps can help you avoid the flu and prevent problems.
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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, William! I would talk to your doctor about receiving the flu shot. I know my doctor encourages me to get a flu shot every year. You can get a flu vaccine that is NOT live. Here's what the CDC says about the flu vaccine :
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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

William ·
I take prednisone. The warnings included with prednisone caution about live vaccines: " Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using this medicine. Prednisone may increase your risk of harmful effects from a live vaccine. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), rotavirus, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), zoster (shingles), and nasal flu (influenza) vaccine." Perhaps I should avoid the flu shot ?
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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

Venkata Aspari ·
"Have family members without asthma get the flu shot to protect those that do have asthma". Why? Isn't it enough that the person(s) with asthma get the flu shots?
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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

K8sMom2002 ·
Yes, Jen's exactly right. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control says this about who should get the flu shot: My DH isn't a fan of shots, but he gets his shot every year to help protect me and our daughter -- side benefit is that he hasn't gotten the flu himself since he started getting an annual flu shot. Could you talk to your doctor about what your doctor's recommendation is for flu shots when it comes to your particular family? Your doctor will know your situation best.
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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

Venkata Aspari ·
Thank you for the welcome and the response. I understand that flu vaccine protects. My question was: if the asthmatic person gets the shot then he/she is protected. How will the vaccination status of others in the family affect the asthmatic? But Jen did answer saying there are other flu-related illnesses like pneumonia which could be passed on even if flu itself could be avoided.
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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, @Venkata Aspari and welcome! Everyone in my family gets a flu shot -- that way everyone is protected from the flu.
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AAFA Brings Perspective of Asthma, Allergy Patients to FDA

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What is it like to have food allergies, asthma, or nasal allergies? What do patients need and want from their treatments? How can we improve allergy care? The chief executive officer of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America spoke about these issues at a recent FDA advisory committee meeting. Dr. Cary Sennett spoke to the Allergenic Products Committee about the everyday challenges of life with food allergies, asthma and other allergies. Dr. Sennett attended the meeting to represent...
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AAFA CEO Shares Patient Concerns About Restrictions to Allergen Immunotherapy

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AAFA does not support the changes proposed by USP because we believe they pose a real threat to quality of care. We strongly urge the USP to keep existing guidelines for allergen immunotherapy in place so that millions of patients across the United States can continue to receive the treatment they need.
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Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay with Spring Cleaning Tips

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By Danielle Hegedus The thought of spring cleaning is sometimes met with mixed responses. Some people dread it. Others find the intensive cleaning cathartic. However, spring cleaning is especially important if you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies. Cleaning can cut the amount of allergens in the air and the potential for dangerous flare-ups. But dust and fumes kicked up during spring cleaning may irritate your asthma and allergies. This makes it essential to take...
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Tech Is a Good Prescription for People with Asthma and Allergies

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AAFA's new web platforms are designed with a fresh, clean and user-friendly design.
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AAFA Explains: Allergy Shots—Fighting the Cause of Allergies

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If you are one of the 50 million Americans living with allergies, you’re probably familiar with the tell-tale signs of allergies, such as sneezing, itchy nose, and watery eyes. But do you know what causes these symptoms? Let’s start at the beginning. An allergy is a disease of the immune system. The body’s immune system receives input from the environment and produces a response. Its purpose is to recognize and attack foreign invaders, such as bacteria and parasites. An allergy occurs when...
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Research Shows No Risk of Infection from Allergy Shots

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The latest research shows that there is no evidence of infection from allergy shots, also known as allergen immunotherapy. The threat of infection is one of the reasons cited in a proposal to restrict your access to allergy shots . In this study, researchers looked at the records of more than 3,000 patients from two large Massachusetts hospitals. The data spanned 10 years. Patients received over 130,000 shots. During that time, guess how many infections researchers traced back to the allergy...
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How Can the ADA Help Me If I Have Asthma or Allergies?

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Does the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) apply to you if you have asthma or allergies? Yes, it can, in many situations at work and at school. The ADA is a federal civil rights law. And asthma and allergies are usually considered disabilities under the ADA. This law gives people with disabilities the right to ask for changes where policies, practices or conditions leave you out or put you at a disadvantage. Public companies and places must give people with disabilities full access to...
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Infant Gut Bacteria Affects Allergy and Asthma Risk

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The microbial communities, or microbiota, that naturally colonize the digestive tract in very young infants can affect their risk of later developing childhood allergies and asthma.
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Sneezing and Sniffling: How to Tell If It's Allergies or a Cold

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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.
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Will Your Asthma and Allergy Drugs Still Be on Your Insurance Plan in 2017?

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Two prescription benefit managers are dropping certain asthma and allergy drugs from their formularies in 2017. If you take these medicines and have your prescriptions covered by CVS Caremark or Express Scripts, other medicines will be substituted instead.
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Many Doctors Still Don’t Know Facts About Penicillin Allergy

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If you think you’re allergic to penicillin, but have never been tested, ask for a referral to an allergist to confirm the allergy. Many physicians whose patients have “penicillin allergy” in their charts don’t know that frequently, a penicillin allergy diagnosis is given to a child as the result of a rash but without any follow up testing.
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AAFA Co-Sponsored Report Provides Recommendations for Food Allergy Research, Treatment, and Policy

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[Press Release] PR Contact: Adam Bailine, Vice President, Marketing & Communications (202) 466-7643, ext. 254 abailine@aafa.org AAFA Co-Sponsored Report Provides Recommendations for Food Allergy Research, Treatment, and Policy With support from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine releases a monumental report that makes recommendations to increase our understanding of and approaches to food allergies November...
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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program App Is Here!

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If you manage asthma or allergies, you strive to make your home the healthiest it can be. That's why the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program has launched the Certification Program App. This free app is the first of its kind, and will help you make smart, informed choices on the best products for your family.
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Study Reviews Safety of Subcutaneous and Sublingual Allergen Immunotherapy

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Researchers analyzed 8 years of data and found that while overall systemic reactions have been declining, people with asthma were most at risk for them. Also no local skin infections or serious infections from injections were reported in 9.5 million injection visits.
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Can Insulation Affect Your Asthma and Allergies?

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This content is sponsored While insulation may not be the first thing on your mind when making your home healthy for your family, it can make a huge impact for people with allergies. One of the biggest indoor allergens is mold , which can affect people year round if it is found inside of the home. When choosing an insulation, it is important to find one that is mold and mildew-resistant. Many products claim to be better for people with asthma and allergies, so it’s sometimes hard to know if...
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Re: Will Your Asthma and Allergy Drugs Still Be on Your Insurance Plan in 2017?

Jen ·
Hi donnamarie, Welcome to AAFA's asthma support community. It is very frustrating that your insurance isn't covering the medication that works for you. AAFA has a blog with some tips for what you can do if you can't afford your asthma medicine . I also invite you to join our asthma support forum where you can get ideas and support from other dealing with asthma.
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Re: Will Your Asthma and Allergy Drugs Still Be on Your Insurance Plan in 2017?

donnamarie ·
I have been on Ventolin for 7 years due to smoke inhalation scaring my lungs. I am pron to bronchitis and this is what my doctor has put me on. This year we have been denied 3 times from CVS stating FDA ruling. We have tried proair and proventin and they do not produce the results the doctor wants. I will not pay for something that does not work just because the insurance company says so. I can not afford $50 for one inhaler when I was getting 3 every 4 months for $35. I will go with out and...
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Kathy P ·
@donnamarie - have you tried albuterol in nebulized form? I know it's not as portable as an inhaler.
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Teach Kids About Food Allergies and Asthma With Our Activity Book

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Are you looking for a simple way to help your child learn about food allergies or asthma? Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activities book teaches children through fun characters, coloring pages and puzzles you and your child can do together. More than 6 million children have asthma. It is the third most common chronic disease in children under 18 years old. 1 About 4 million children have food allergies. As part of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we want to help these...
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Jen ·
@donnamarie How did the insurance appeal go?
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Preparing for School With Asthma and Food Allergies

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We hosted a free educational webinar featuring guest speakers David Stukus, MD, and Michael Pistiner, MD on the Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) site. KFA is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The presentation below answers common questions about how your allergist can help with back-to-school planning.
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Ragweed Woes: How to Win Against One of Pollen’s Worst Offenders

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Say “ragweed” in a crowded room and you’re sure to hear some groans. Why? Because ragweed is the most common weed pollen allergy, affecting 10 to 20 percent of Americans. If you have a ragweed pollen allergy, you may already have “hay fever” symptoms. Ragweed pollen season peaks in August and September in most parts of the United States, especially in Eastern and Midwestern states.
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How to Avoid Allergy and Asthma Triggers During Outdoor Holiday Celebrations

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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.
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Medical News Today Chooses Two AAFA Blogs as the Best of Asthma Blogs

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Medical News Today (MNT) released a list of the 10 best blogs on asthma! We're honored to make the list.
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Access to Allergy Shots at Risk

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The FDA issued a proposed guidance titled “Insanitary Conditions at Compounding Facilities: Guidance for Industry”. It would likely limit the ability of doctors to provide allergy shots in their offices. The proposed guidance applies to any facility, including doctor offices, that prepares sterile compounds. This includes allergy shots for immunotherapy. AAFA urges you to contact your members of Congress and tell them that you oppose the FDA Guidance. TAKE ACTION NOW Tell Congress it will...
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What You Need to Know About Medicare Drug Coverage If You Have Asthma and Allergies

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If you have health insurance through Medicare, coverage for medicines is not automatic – you must sign up for a Medicare Part D plan. Here is what you need to know to enroll before the Dec. 7 deadline.
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Re: Medical News Today Chooses Two AAFA Blogs as the Best of Asthma Blogs

RSkalak ·
Congratulations!
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Re: Mold Allergy? 6 Tips to Prevent Mold and Mildew In Your Home

Anna B. ·
Great tips! Working on this in my home.
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Re: Mold Allergy? 6 Tips to Prevent Mold and Mildew In Your Home

Anna B. ·
@Jen We are really good about using our exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom. Also, we purchased a dehumidifier this summer, which has really helped keep our humidity down. Without it the house sits around 60-70% humidity in the fall and spring. We also redid our kitchen in the beginning of the year and discovered a lot of mold behind sink and under dishwasher. Next are the bathrooms! (We live in a old house)
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Jen ·
@Anna B. Which of these tips have you used?
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AAFA’s Certification Program Expands to Improve Air Quality and Reduce Your Exposure to Allergens

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In 2017, the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program tested and certified many new products to give you more options. When you’re shopping, look for the Certification Program Mark on these new products, as well as our many other products. The mark lets you know you are getting products scientifically proven to be suitable for those with asthma and allergies. You can shop for Certified products by visiting aafa.org/certified or by using our app. Our app is available for both iOS...
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Avoid Food Allergy Reactions During the Holidays

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During the holiday season, our calendars fill up with a lot of social activities. More often than not, these include food. If you or a member of your family has a food allergy, these events can be more stressful than fun. Follow these tips to keep everyone safe from accidental allergic reactions.
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Re: Mold Allergy? 6 Tips to Prevent Mold and Mildew In Your Home

K8sMom2002 ·
@Anna B. , have you guys started on your bathrooms yet? I know all about living in an old house!
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Mold Allergy? 6 Tips to Prevent Mold and Mildew In Your Home

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Indoor molds grow in areas in your home where there may be extra dampness. To prevent mold and mildew in your home, you need to remove sources of water or dampness.
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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Appoints Kenneth Mendez as CEO

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has appointed Kenneth Mendez as its president and chief executive officer, effective January 22, 2018. Mendez has built his career in senior leadership by successfully growing the reach of numerous non-profit organizations, a track record he now brings to AAFA in support of its mission to improve the health and quality of life for more than 60 million Americans with asthma and allergies.
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