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Re: Air Pollution Causes Asthma Symptoms for One Hartford Resident

LakiaShavonLightner ·
Very appreciative for the, Asthma & Allergies Foundation of America! For providing this opportunity to, share my health conditions.
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Re: Air Pollution Causes Asthma Symptoms for One Hartford Resident

Kathy P ·
Thank you for sharing your story Lakia!
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Re: Air Pollution Causes Asthma Symptoms for One Hartford Resident

LakiaShavonLightner ·
😀 Your welcome, Kathy!
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Re: New Haven Resident Learns to Manage Allergies, Severe Asthma and COPD Despite Poor Air Quality and High Pollen

K8sMom2002 ·
Thank you for sharing a window into your world, Deb! You are an absolutely amazing member of our Asthma and Allergic Disease Support Online Community !
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Re: New Haven Resident Learns to Manage Allergies, Severe Asthma and COPD Despite Poor Air Quality and High Pollen

Deborah Bartlett ·
Thank you, Cynthia, for your never-ending helpful advice! I am happy and proud to be a member of this wonderful community! ☺
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Re: New Haven Resident Learns to Manage Allergies, Severe Asthma and COPD Despite Poor Air Quality and High Pollen

Shea ·
Thank you for sharing Debbie and thank you aafa for highlighting this importabt topic. I was just reading about a study done by USC in which the air pollution declined 20 percent over a 20 year period and it corresponded with a 20 percent decline in new cases of children's asthma-- which provides strong circumstantial evidence that reducing air pollution reduces illness. We are all sharing the air. I try very hard to limit travel to necessity only, drive a car with good gas mileage, and buy...
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Re: New Haven Resident Learns to Manage Allergies, Severe Asthma and COPD Despite Poor Air Quality and High Pollen

Deborah Bartlett ·
Thank you Shea, for your concern in this matter. It certainly is an important issue. We should all do our best to try and eliminate air pollution!
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Katie D ·
Love to hear how this Mom is using the alerts to help her better manage both her and her sons asthma. The Air Quality Flag Program sounds like a great idea and hope more schools join.
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Lisa K ·
It really helps. When I get the alerts and he takes his inhaler before recess or outdoor gym, he almost never has any issues.
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Katie D ·
Which means more fun and play time with his friends!
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Lisa K ·
Exactly! That's the most important thing to him. It's a win win... I get a healthy kid, and he gets to run around with his friends!
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Jen ·
Lisa - I'm glad this has made a difference for you and your son.
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Kathy P ·
I may need to start tracking this for myself - especially for when I bike!
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Healthier for Employees With Asthma

Gloria ·
I had to retire early because I had almost constant asthma attacks from fragrance. I feel much better since I can now avoid most of them.
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Healthier for Employees With Asthma

jjtre ·
Our family suffers from asthma triggered by fragrances and other chemicals. We are so happy you are informing people that wearing fragrance or products/clothing that emit fragrance are deadly for many people with asthma. We cannot go anywhere where we cannot leave if someone were to come in the room with "fragrance" known to be toxic chemicals. Most importantly, our hearts break for children who are trapped in a classsroom all day. Many laundry detergents/fabric softners emit persistent...
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Healthier for Employees With Asthma

5starbabez ·
I suffer from asthma and eczema both my dad had it but now he doesn't i do i try my best to stay away from grilling and smoke and perfumes and foods that i get allergies from like fish and wheat and oranges and more u should never take these easy u should always be a wear of what u eat and sleep and breathe so take care and i am only 14yrs old but take care
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Healthier for Employees With Asthma

Jen ·
@jjtre I hear you about all of the scents these days. Walking down the cleaning aisle of the grocery store is like an assault on my senses. @5starbabez Welcome to posting. How do you avoid your allergens? Do you carry epinephrine?
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Healthier for Employees With Asthma

RSkalak ·
I’ve never thought of improving the air quality at my work because I don’t get the right support for anything so I didn’t bother asking. I don’t have food allergies but I have a lot of environmental allergies and I take Flonase, Zyrtec, Fluticasone, Eye drops, and Benadryl at night just to sleep. I’d probably be a great candidate for Xolair! I also have asthma. It’s been interesting to say the least!
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Healthier for Employees With Asthma

K8sMom2002 ·
@RSkalak , hugs on the lack of support from work. It sounds like your environmental allergies are tough to manage! The Asthma and Allergic community forums are a great place to get support from folks who have been there and done that!
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Re: Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act Aims to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools to Improve Student Health and Learning

Shea ·
This is really great. Growing up, my elementary school had mold issues and they continued to grow until my siblings went years later and by then so many people were getting ill that they shut that school down. If they give schools the tools they need to improve indoor air (awareness and money to make the changes happen), so many children and families will be positively affected.
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Re: Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act Aims to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools to Improve Student Health and Learning

Just me ·
Sounds great. May I also suggest some investigating and some stricter enforcement procedures on H.U.D.S. smoking ban that is a failure in many cities across this country. Providing a clean teaching invironment is important but many children will return home to often worse indoor air quality where they live. To truly help the health of all children, they need healthy air at home as well as school. ailurimprovementon
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Re: Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act Aims to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools to Improve Student Health and Learning

AndyS ·
Finally a serious legislative action on this problem. We all know air quality in schools is horrible and this is now becoming an even bigger issue with Covid-19. There should be good air purifiers in every school.
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Re: How Do You Track Air Quality for Better Asthma Management?

Kgblanchard ·
Hello! I am trying to get in touch with an advocacy group regarding the air quality in some of our entertainment venues in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While there is a smoking ban in much of the state at casinos, bars and restaurants, there is no ban on smoking in our Lake Charles casinos - and there is no reason for that! Considering I have asthma and most of my work social events and meetings take place in the casinos meeting rooms, I struggle breathing for days after those meetings. Can...
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

LK ·
A question - Since I assume dust mites are also in our cars' upholstery and interior, how often should we vacuum our cars? Thanks!
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Melissa G ·
Lisa, that is a great question. I will see if I can find that out for you.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Melissa G ·
Lisa, this would be a great question for Ask the Allergist.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

LK ·
Thank you for the link, Melissa! Just sent the question.
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Re: Wildfire Season Has Begun – and It Affects Air Quality and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
We updated this blog post on Aug. 19, 2020, to include information on extra precautions you need to take during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Wildfire Season Has Begun – and It Affects Air Quality and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Each year, wildfires rage across the U.S. They have already begun in California this year. Smoke in the air contains tiny particles that affect air quality. These particles can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Poor air quality can worsen asthma symptoms . Children and those with respiratory disease like asthma are at high risk for asthma episodes when the air quality is poor. Wildfires do not only affect those in the immediate fire area. Smoke can blow many miles away and impact...
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Public Health Emergency: Wildfires in the Western U.S. Cause Dangerous Air Pollution for People With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Record-setting wildfires continue to rage across the western United States, putting millions of people with asthma at risk. The smoke and ash from the fires are polluting the air , creating unhealthy – even hazardous – air quality. This is a serious health emergency. What Do People With Asthma Need to Know About the Current Wildfires and Air Quality? The EPA’s AirNow.gov program measures and reports the air quality across the United States. Air quality is measured by the number of small...
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Re: Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

Dawn Graziano ·
What is the best room air purifier for removing mold and dust from indoor air. I suffer from asthma and am looking to purchase for the upcoming winter months. Mold and dust are my primary allergies. Also how can you determine if there is mold in your home? I have a bedroom where windows were replaced several years ago and has a musty smell.
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Re: Video: Learn More About Asthma and Fragrances in Cleaning Products

BenR ·
Interesting since I just learned I’m allergic to fragrance set number one.
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Video: Learn More About Asthma and Fragrances in Cleaning Products

AAFA Community Services ·
Kafi Drexel Brown, AAFA’s Public Relations Director, will talk about asthma and scents during the virtual Discover Cleaning Summit. The event will be hosted by Good Housekeeping and the American Cleaning Institute on Oct. 14, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon ET.
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Re: AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

lori1022 ·
Thank you for this summary. Such important initiatives to Champion! Pets/ESA/manipulative use of animal in public use business spaces by the public and animal owners in AIRLINERS (especially closed spaces) and event store/shop/retail/restaurant space businesses. Has been long, long, overdue. This has been extremely harmful for the disability population as we have seen. An application of service animal needed to be made OR ENFORCED. By large business associations and large companies, only way...
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AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

Jenna R. ·
The year 2020 was unlike any other – filled with loss and uncertainty for so many. With the nation still rocked by a global pandemic, this year is proving to be no different. Despite many obstacles, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) remains committed to advocating for the asthma and allergy community. Last year, we led and took part in more than 20 different coalitions working together to move bills through Congress and state governments. Four of the bills AAFA championed...
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Re: Cleaning When You Have Asthma: The Dirty Truth

Usa2elsewhere ·
Vinegar can be mixed with a hypoallergenic extract to improve the smell. Dirt that is adhering or ground in won't be cleaned up with vinegar. Try borax powder and Bon Ami cleanser claims to be toxin free and it's not bad with allergies. The article is correct about bleach. Also drain cleaners can be inhaled while taking effect in the drain. Surely they are all toxic. Try powdered lie but wear waterproof gloves and face mask while in the vicinity of the drain. I think dusting even with the...
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Re: Cleaning When You Have Asthma: The Dirty Truth

Compton ·
Welcome Usa2elsewhere and thank you for the tips! I hope you'll pitch in enthusiastically with others in Asthma Support . It's good to have you here.
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Re: Cleaning When You Have Asthma: The Dirty Truth

Shea ·
This is good information, thank you (and to USA2 below as well!) I am all about the: "have someone else clean for you" option.... Do you think medicare will cover that? I would like a Rosie Robot. I guess I can learn to mix things and make cleaners... I have found some that bother me less than others.. Like the seventh generation brand and the mrs meyers-- I aim for the unscented. Good to know about vinegar not killing covid. Does hot steam? (Did I miss that part?) .....this is motivating me...
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Cleaning When You Have Asthma: The Dirty Truth

AAFA Community Services ·
When you have asthma, how you clean your home is an important part of asthma control. You want to reduce or remove allergens and triggers like mold, pests, dust mites, and animal dander. A multi-part cleaning plan will be most effective.
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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With the Latest Issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine

AAFA Community Services ·
The Spring 2021 issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine – our digital magazine for people with asthma and allergies – is available! This special issue includes tips and information to help you improve your indoor air quality for a healthier home. It also highlights our asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program . The Certification Program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. Even if a product is labeled “hypoallergenic” or “asthma and allergy friendly,” it doesn’t mean...
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Clean Indoor Air in Schools Helps Students Stay Healthy and Learn Better

AAFA Community Services ·
This year’s National Healthy Schools Day comes at a critical juncture: the nation is working to recover and stabilize from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, reopen all schools, and address the growing crisis caused by climate impacts – impacts that hit the most disadvantaged communities and their schools the hardest.
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Re: Clean Indoor Air in Schools Helps Students Stay Healthy and Learn Better

milli ·
You need to start with the low income children's homes. How do you research mold growing on drywall and burst pipes in low incomes children's actual home? Mold is first a low income problem. The pipes and buildings are getting old. Not considering investigating mold is giving the poor a death sentence!
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Healthier Home Checklist: How to Improve Your Home’s Asthma and Allergy Hot Spots

AAFA Community Services ·
A healthy living space begins with good indoor air quality (IAQ) . Allergens, scents, chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and outdoor air pollution can affect the IAQ in your home. Good IAQ is an important part of asthma and allergy management. But asthma triggers and allergens can hide all over our homes. So where do you begin when it comes to making your home healthier? Some asthma and allergy triggers are easy to spot – such as allergens like dust and mold. But there are other...
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AAFA Applauds Biomass Plant Permit Denial

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is thrilled that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has revoked the air permit for the proposed biomass energy facility in Springfield, Massachusetts . The proposed facility was environmentally unjust and would have caused additional negative health impacts to an overburdened community. According to AAFA’s 2019 Asthma Capitals Report , Springfield is already the most challenging city in the United States to...
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Washington, D.C., Families Managing Asthma Receive New Flooring to Improve Indoor Air Quality

AAFA Community Services ·
A good asthma treatment plan includes managing your indoor air quality to help reduce asthma and allergy triggers . Rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting can hold onto irritants and allergens. But allergens and particles can be more easily cleaned from hard surface flooring. One way you can manage asthma and allergy triggers is by replacing carpets with hard surface flooring. In the United States, the burden of asthma falls disproportionately on poor, low-wealth, and minority populations. Housing...
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Re: Washington, D.C., Families Managing Asthma Receive New Flooring to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Ironmom316 ·
How about no pets? That's a huge irritant for many. Please address that. Teachers bring their dogs to the school and kids who are allergic to dogs are getting really sick. People bring their dogs to stores all the time making asthmatics sick. Please address that issue. On Wed, Apr 21, 2021, 1:02 PM Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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Re: AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

MG ·
We agree with you, lori 1022. The problem spans all aspects of life: education, housing, work, transportation, medical care, recreation and basic activities of daily living. We need laws to protect people who are allergic and/or anxious, as there is direct discrimination even in the laws that are written. People are taking their dogs everywhere, because first the legal system allowed them to, and then it became socially acceptable. The media has become an enormous partner in the problem,...
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Re: Washington, D.C., Families Managing Asthma Receive New Flooring to Improve Indoor Air Quality

JR ·
@Ironmom316 You're right that this issue (bringing non-service animals into public places) needs practical solutions. This specific program mentioned above is meant to address allergens in the home. While, not having a dog in your house will certainly result in fewer allergens in the house, there's nothing that can be done prevent private citizens from keeping pets their homes. That said, we (AAFA) will continue to find ways to help address what we can.
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Why Healthy Indoor Air Quality Is Important

AAFA Community Services ·
Having good indoor air quality is an important part of living in a healthy home. You can improve your indoor air quality by reducing the sources of allergens and irritants in your home. "We take about 20,000 breaths each day and spend 90% of our time indoors. Reducing exposure to substances in the environment around us that trigger allergy and asthma symptoms is important. Eliminating these indoor triggers is a great place to start.” – Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and...
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People With Asthma Need Healthy Air

AAFA Community Services ·
May 3 – 7 is Air Quality Awareness Week , sponsored by the NOAA National Weather Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s theme is “Healthy Air – Important For Everyone!” to raise air quality awareness and encourage everyone to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) often. The very air that is meant to give us life can also harm us if it's full of pollution. According to the...
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