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Your Support Makes a Difference for Those With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Melissa G ·
Doug, do you like the qvar redihaler? Have you noticed any differences with it?
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Pljohns ·
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.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Doug Abrahamson ·
I agree with PLJOHNS comments. The new delivery works fine. I also like not having to use a spacer.
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Re: How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

GigiGibson ·
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...
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Re: How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

pinkladycha ·
Thanks for this article
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Re: How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

K8sMom2002 ·
I love this! I'm with Gigi -- Lynn, thank you for your courage and your willingness to be an advocate for all of us with asthma! You did GOOD!
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Re: How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

Shea ·
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...
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Re: How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

LK ·
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.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Asthma sickness ·
Hi im susana torrechilla from phillipines im here in this community because im always trigger of asthma I already hospitalize 2x in icu about my asthma.I need help some medication about my asthma very long time I know this site will help me about my problem.im not often see the doctore about the financial problem I hope they have a doctor her can help me to diagnose my asthma.I hope one day answer my prayer.thank you! Need medication for begging and for help about my asthma.thank u so much
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, Susana! That sounds super frustrating! You may be eligible for help through pharmaceutical assistance programs . Have you checked AAFA's list of resources there?
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Jenny H ·
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...
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

K8sMom2002 ·
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...
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Doug Abrahamson ·
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.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

K8sMom2002 ·
Doug, I hope it works well for you! Glad your pharmacist noted the change so you would be aware of it.
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Pljohns ·
I take qvar and am waiting to see what they fill it with this month
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

MonicaW6 ·
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!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

K8sMom2002 ·
Go, Megan! Monica is right -- great story and a wonderful display of grit and never giving up!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

Kathy P ·
Good luck Megan!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

RSkalak ·
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.
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

Megan Roberts ·
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!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

Megan Roberts ·
Thanks @Kathy P , @MonicaW6 , @AmyWhicker and @K8sMom2002 for the support and well wishes! Such a strong community of supporters through AAFA.
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Re: Your Support Makes a Difference for Those With Asthma and Allergies

pinkladycha ·
AAFA has been a blessing. My birthday was yesterday and I was able to raise a small amount in lieu of gifts through Facebook.
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Re: Your Support Makes a Difference for Those With Asthma and Allergies

Kathy P ·
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 .
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Ann Barbiero ·
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.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Kathy P ·
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.
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Re: AAFA Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Asthma and Allergy Research

K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks, AAFA! Research is the key. One day I know that asthma folks will have much better treatment options than we do now.
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Re: High School Athlete Doesn’t Let Asthma Stop Her

K8sMom2002 ·
I love this! Way to go, Reilly!
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Re: Managing the Stress of Asthma in Boston, Massachusetts, the #11 Asthma Capital

Verdigirl ·
Thanks for sharing, it's so stressful to watch your child go through this and all so familiar as to how it was for me when young. I'd be fine but never realized how fast an attack could come on. My mom would listen to my breathing and count how many breaths or how fast my chest was going up and down. I was taken off of dairy and wheat, it did make a difference for me to do that. One thing that helps me now is to have a portable nebulizer that can plug into the wall or in the car, so I...
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Re: Managing the Stress of Asthma in Boston, Massachusetts, the #11 Asthma Capital

Melissa G ·
Welcome Verdigirl! Glad to hear dietary changed were able to help your asthma symptoms. Have you checked out our Asthma Support Forum ?
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High School Athlete Doesn’t Let Asthma Stop Her

AAFA Community Services ·
Reilly Price takes both high school and community college classes. She is working on a senior research project. She serves as captain of her cross-country team, and dances for a pre-professional ballet company. She participates in student government and other campus clubs. On top of all this, Reilly also found time to raise money to help support Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Managing the Stress of Asthma in Boston, Massachusetts, the #11 Asthma Capital

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Severe Asthma Impacts Relationships, Activities and Emotions

AAFA Community Services ·
It’s obvious that asthma affects your health. But how does it impact other areas of your life? The results of our My Life With Asthma online survey showed us how severe asthma can affect relationships, emotions and activities.
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The Significant Negative Impacts on Life With Asthma in 2017

AAFA Community Services ·
Earlier this year, we asked you to tell us about your life with asthma in our My Life With Asthma online survey. Your responses gave us insight into your unique experiences with asthma. Asthma is a chronic condition that can be different for each person. This means there is no “one size fits all” approach to managing asthma. Many people manage it well with the right treatment. But 5 to 10 percent have trouble even on maximum treatment. These people have severe asthma.
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AAFA Offers Free Online Course for Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Severe ASTHMA (Asthma Symptoms, Treatment, Health Management and Activities™) Care for Adults is a FREE self-paced course that helps adults and their caregivers learn how to manage severe asthma. It explains severe and uncontrolled asthma, the impact of severe asthma, asthma management plans and severe asthma treatments.
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Marie E Natzke ·
What I really find annoying about asthma is it robs me of being able to have a good belly laugh...I starting coughing and lose my breath. So because people don't see me laugh too much they think I'm a crab!!!
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Re: Severe Asthma Impacts Relationships, Activities and Emotions

Melanie Carver ·
@Marie E Natzke , laughter is one of my biggest asthma triggers. It stinks because I consider myself to have a great sense of humor and I'm the type who laughs so hard I have tears streaming down my face. But it comes at a cost, every time.
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Re: Severe Asthma Impacts Relationships, Activities and Emotions

Shea ·
What I dont like about it is that it made me feel less important to people than their pets and that for many years I also treated myself that way and put myself around animals that made me suffer so badly until I had a heart attack due to allergic eosinophils surrounding my heart and choking it, then I took it seriously but still others dont and I struggle to stay strong and remember what happened to me so that that never happens to me again and its difficult because friends get dogs and I...
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Re: For People With Asthma, the Danger of “Peak Week” Is Here

Shea ·
I have allergies and asthma. Reading a real human story like this helps remind me to keep up that constant preparation no matter how good or bad I am feeling, for both myself, and also for my son who has food allergies. I carry a large backpack purse (sometimes I put it in a rolling bag because it is so heavy). It has all our emergency medicines in it. It has gotten heavier over the years because I want to be prepared and have my inhalers (I always carry a backup of each), our epipens, an...
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For People With Asthma, the Danger of “Peak Week” Is Here

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Improper Inhaler Use Can Affect Asthma Control

AAFA Community Services ·
Inhaler mistakes are more common than you might think. Up to 92% of people with asthma use their device incorrectly. If your medicine isn’t reaching your lungs, your asthma might be harder to control.
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Is Your Severe Asthma Under Control?

AAFA Community Services ·
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?
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Knowing and Treating Your Early Warning Asthma Signs Can Reduce the Need for Emergency Room Visits

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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A New Free Online Class Can Improve Your Asthma Health

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Asthma Is Responsible for 2 Million Emergency Room Visits Each Year

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is the third-leading cause of hospital stays in children. Hospitalizations among children are higher during Asthma Peak Week in September when children return to school and are exposed to more asthma triggers, allergens and respiratory infections.
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Re: Knowing and Treating Your Early Warning Asthma Signs Can Reduce the Need for Emergency Room Visits

LK ·
Good reminders of some of the common early warning signs before an asthma episode. Some, like these specifically, Hoarse voice or dry mouth Difficulty speaking/talking in full sentences Raised shoulders/slouching are ones I need to pay more attention to since I know for a fact that they are early warning signs for me. Good article and reminder! Thanks AAFA!!
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Re: Knowing and Treating Your Early Warning Asthma Signs Can Reduce the Need for Emergency Room Visits

K8sMom2002 ·
Lisa, so glad this helped! How far in advance do these symptoms pop up for you?
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Re: Knowing and Treating Your Early Warning Asthma Signs Can Reduce the Need for Emergency Room Visits

LK ·
That's a very good question Cynthia! So far I have only realized it after the fact. Will have to pay more attention and figure that out.
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