Cathy Stephens was born not breathing. And since that day 47 years ago, breathing has periodically been a struggle for her. She shares her inspirational story of overcoming asthma to finish an Ironman triathlon.
If you are on a treatment plan for asthma but the treatment doesn’t seem to be working, you might not have asthma. Or you may need a different type of asthma medicine. If you’ve been misdiagnosed, you might be trying to treat a condition you don’t have – and at the same time possibly ignoring a condition you really have.
On May 7, 2019, World Asthma Day, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its 2019 Asthma Capitals Report™. This report ranks the top 100 most challenging places in America to live with asthma.
October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month . Since your indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, this month is a good time to make sure you are taking the right steps to create healthier air in your home. Your home should be a haven for you and your family. But unfortunately, it may be filled with allergy and asthma triggers that can impact your health. Common allergens found in homes include animal dander , dust mites , pests , pollen and mold . Common irritants found in homes...
Asthma is a chronic lung disease where the airways are inflamed. For many people, asthma can be controlled with medicines and avoiding triggers. But severe asthma is not that simple. How do you know if you have severe asthma?
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Thursday, May 5 at 1 pm ET for a #TackleAsthma Twitter chat. Follow @AAFANational and @AAAAI_org and use #TackleAsthma. Experts will answer your questions about exercising with asthma, staying fit and healthy with asthma and more!
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at noon ET for a Twitter chat on how to take control of your asthma health. Follow @AAFAnational and @AAAAI_org and use the hashtag # asthmahealth to join the conversation. AAFA, AAAAI and other experts will answer questions about: What are common asthma symptoms? How is asthma diagnosed? What are common asthma triggers? What are some ways...
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Wednesday, May 7, 2019, at 2:30 pm ET for a Twitter chat on asthma health. Follow @AAFANational and @AAAAI_org and use the hashtag #AsthmaHealth to join the conversation.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is training people affected by asthma to learn about research. If you have asthma, or are the parent or caregiver of someone with asthma, learn about the different types of research and how research can help people make future health care decisions. In this interactive training, participants will learn about: asthma management clinical research and the clinical research process patient centered outcomes research how to become involved in research...
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. We hope you will join us in our efforts to raise awareness about asthma and allergies. Almost 25 million people in the US with asthma and about 6 million are children under the age of 18. Sadly, in the US, there are still 10 deaths per day due to asthma, and most of those fatalities are preventable. Together we can educate other about the seriousness of asthma.
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...
Did you know you may be able to tell when an asthma episode or attack is about to start before you have trouble breathing? Knowing your early warning signs (or mild symptoms) can be helpful so you can begin asthma treatment as soon as possible.
Lexi Larabee, who has severe asthma, had bronchial thermoplasty one year ago and shared her experience with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Below, Lexi tells us what her life has been like after the procedure.
For many, asthma is caused by an allergic reaction to something. This is called allergic asthma is the most common. But a small number of people with asthma have “non-allergic asthma.” Lynn Johnson is part of this group. Lynn developed non-allergic asthma seven years ago, as an adult.
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.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) has announced that EasyCare Ultra Premium Acrylic Latex paint by True Value has earned the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark.
Doctors can use a variety of tools and tests to get a good picture of your health. When it comes to asthma, lung function tests are helpful for not only diagnosing asthma, but for monitoring your lung function as well.
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...
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.
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.
As Nancy Gomez knows, managing a child’s severe asthma can take a big toll on a parent’s time, finances and emotions. Nancy’s 10-year-old son, Oziel, has had asthma and allergies since he was a baby. Today Oziel has environmental allergies to pollen, animals, dust, smoke and more. His allergies, exercise and cold weather all trigger his asthma. On top of this, Oziel also has life-threatening food allergies. And he is autistic. Managing all of this is a constant challenge.
Shop Our Online Store to Spread the Word About Asthma and Allergy Awareness Nearly 24 million Americans have asthma. And more than 50 million have allergies. So chances are you or someone you know has an allergic disease. The best way to support people with these diseases is by helping everyone understand them better. Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be " National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month ." It's a perfect time to educate your family,...
Air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals may be among the new benefits added to Medicare Advantage coverage when new federal rules take effect next ye
For people with severe asthma, medicines may not help keep their asthma under control. A procedure called bronchial thermoplasty may offer relief, reducing asthma episodes or attacks in people with severe asthma.
Lexi Larabee, who has severe asthma, is currently undergoing bronchial thermoplasty. Lexi shares her experience in her own words.
Children with uncontrolled asthma in Missouri have a new option to stay healthier. The law that makes this possible will save the state thousands of dollars. We recently spoke with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter, which campaigned for the law, to find out more about it.
On Oct. 1, 2016, Austin Dodds had a massive asthma attack. He lost consciousness and a few days later he passed away. Today, Meredith Dodds is making an impact in her son’s memory and to honor his giving nature. She is raising awareness for asthma.
Since he was a baby, Devin Bush of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has dealt with asthma, food allergies, eczema and pollen allergies. Through the years with the help of his mom, Tracy Bush, he has had to learn how to transition from reliance to self-management.
Asthma and allergies affect more than 60 million Americans. Allergic disease, which includes asthma, is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. They can impact you socially, emotionally and financially. But asthma and allergies don't have to define you. But working with your doctor and following your treatment plan, you can thrive and do many of the things you enjoy doing.
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.
[Press Release] National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month Tackles Epidemic to Educate Public Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) Focuses on Prevention and Treatment LANDOVER, Md. May 2, 2017 - For over 30 years, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) proclaims the month of May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. In the U.S., asthma and allergic diseases such as pollen allergies or food allergies affect over 60 million people. AAFA will lead several...
Asthma is the main reason why children miss school. In fact, children in the U.S. miss about 13.8 million school days each year due to asthma. Missing school can affect many children's grades and well-being.
Four years ago, Deborah Bartlett of New Haven, Connecticut (overall #11 on Asthma Capitals), was diagnosed with severe persistent asthma. Combined with her pollen and mold allergies, as well as COPD, breathing can be a real challenge.
Although about 10 percent of school-aged children in the United States have asthma, there are few comprehensive U.S. guidelines for treating pediatric asthma. The Pediatric Asthma Yardstick, a new guideline from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), offers a user-friendly “operational document”. It helps health care professionals understand which controller treatments are right for which age groups and identifies when a step up is needed.
Asthma is a complex condition. People can have different levels of asthma, triggers and treatments. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have had asthma for some time, you may need help making sense of it all.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has created the ASTHMA Care for Adults program. This program covers a full range of topics someone with asthma needs to know.
QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol will become available by prescription on February 12, 2018. QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol will no longer be available to patients.
On Jan. 19, 2018, the New York City Council passed the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B). This is a big step toward creating asthma-friendly rental housing that can improve the lives of many in New York.
The National Center for Healthy Housing is looking for Maryland families with children suffering from asthma to join an important study about indoor air quality. The study looks at whether improving indoor air quality at home can: reduce asthma symptoms reduce asthma attacks improve quality of life for children and their parents This is the first study in the U.S. to examine middle class families in single-family homes. Certain families will receive extensive home improvements—at no...
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...
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...
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