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A Look at the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Process

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined with Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) to create the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. This program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. We test household products against strict standards. If products pass our tests, they earn the asthma & allergy friendly® mark.
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AAFA Applauds FDA First Steps Toward Declaring Sesame as Major Allergen

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the premiere nonprofit representing patients with asthma and allergies, applauds the recent request for information and statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demonstrating its commitment to explore the classification of sesame as a major allergen.
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AAFA, Med-IQ Introduce Managing Your Child’s Asthma: Ask the Experts

AAFA Community Services ·
Nearly 10% of children in the U.S. have asthma.¹ About 60% of these children had an asthma attack in the last year, one-half of whom needed emergency care.² Is your child one of them? How can you help get their asthma under control? AAFA is teaming up with Med-IQ, a company that provides continuing medical education to doctors. Together, we’re bringing families an audio-enhanced educational website called Managing Your Child’s Asthma: Ask the Experts . The website offers information about...
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AAFA’s Ask the Allergist: Can Asthma Develop Suddenly?

AAFA Community Services ·
Q: Is it common for asthma to develop very suddenly? I am a 30-year-old, Caucasian female and I have had intermittent shortness of breath for 11 months, but have had everyday attacks for the past 3 months. My allergist and pulmonologist are having a hard time managing my asthma.
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Ask the Allergist: Does Eczema Affect Allergy Testing?

AAFA Community Services ·
I have eczema and seasonal allergies. My doctor wants to do a skin test to see if I should get allergy shots. Can I get allergy shots if I have eczema? Does eczema affect the accuracy of allergy skin test results?
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AAFA Explains: Can Essential Oils Help Asthma?

AAFA Community Services ·
Essential oils, like herbal remedies, come from plants. Practitioners of traditional and folk medicine (usually meaning those without a medical degree) have used essential oils for thousands of years, much like herbal remedies. Is there any evidence to back up claims that essential oils can help my asthma?
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Help Shape the Future of Asthma Treatment

AAFA Community Services ·
Share your thoughts on the future of asthma treatment. Take two short surveys by Jan. 12, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET, and we'll submit your responses to be considered for updates to the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.
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Protect-A-Bed Partners with AAFA for National Allergy Campaign

AAFA Community Services ·
In a joint effort to educate consumers about bedroom allergies and allergen-reduction solutions, Protect-A-Bed and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) have partnered on a national campaign to raise awareness of household allergens.
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Questions About Eczema? Learn More During This Live Online Event

AAFA Community Services ·
On Nov. 8, 2018, from 3-4 p.m. ET, join us for a free interactive video program on eczema. The live session will include interactive polling, real-time question-and-answer session and an expert panel featuring specialists on eczema.
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Smart Gardening: Tips for an Allergy-Friendly Garden

AAFA Community Services ·
If you have asthma or allergies, you don’t have to decorate your yard with stones and concrete. There are many plants you can use in your home garden that won’t affect your allergies. You can choose from several flowers, shrubs, trees and more.
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Teens With Asthma Almost Twice As Likely to Smoke

AAFA Community Services ·
A study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found adolescents with asthma were twice as likely to smoke as kids without asthma. And they continue to smoke well into their teen years, even though they know smoking is particularly bad for their lungs.
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What Causes Eczema? Get the Answer to This and Other Questions

AAFA Community Services ·
If you haven’t yet seen the program about eczema we released in fall, you can now find it on demand. The program features an amazing expert panel of specialists and real people who are living with eczema.
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You’re Invited: Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion on “Asthma Alley”

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), American Lung Association, Allergy & Asthma Network and GroundTruth Films for a virtual film screening of “Asthma Alley,” a short documentary that follows a young teen with asthma and her classmates in the South Bronx, a neighborhood known for extraordinarily high rates of asthma.
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Your Gift Helps Kids Like Alex and Daniel

AAFA Community Services ·
For Melissa, asthma and allergies have become a struggle that her family faces every day. Her older son, Daniel, was diagnosed with severe asthma and 72 environmental allergies at an early age.
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Increasing Inhaled Steroids Temporarily Does Not Stop Asthma Flare-Ups in Children

AAFA Community Services ·
Researchers have found that temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, and may be associated with slowing a child’s growth, challenging a common medical practice involving children with mild-to-moderate asthma.
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New Research May Change How We Introduce Foods to Infants to Prevent Food Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
New studies about how to prevent food allergy – particularly peanut allergy – are leading to a revision in federal health guidelines for doctors and families.
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NIAID Releases New Clinical Guidelines for Prevention of Peanut Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
AAFA is dedicated to keeping infants and children with food allergies safe and healthy until a cure is found. AAFA is proud to have participated in the NIAID Expert Panel and Coordinating Committee to help develop the Addendum Guidelines for the prevention of peanut allergy.
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Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

AAFA Community Services ·
Information from AAFA’s Ask the Allergist is not a substitute for a consultation with a health care professional. Always talk with your own doctor before making changes to your asthma or allergy management plan. This question appeared in our spring/summer 2020 issue of freshAAIR Magazine, our FREE digital magazine featuring news and resources on asthma and allergies. Read the most recent issue. Question: When using oral steroids daily for the treatment of asthma, what is considered a “high...
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Re: Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

Shea ·
These new biologics are expensive-- even with insurance the out of pocket costs make them unaffordable to me. That might change with time. I know there are some programs out there that help people, but in my current situation none help me. I am also curious if people are able to stop them without needing to go back on them or oral steroids, or if they need to continue them indefinitely. I also worry about any new medications long-term risks, like for cancers. Some of that is hard to know...
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Re: Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

StephM ·
So, one thing being covered in the media/public health guidelines is "high dose corticosteroids" being a risk factor for developing more severe covid19. I suspect the questioner may have been inquiring about that. Perhaps adding an addendum might provide that context.
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Re: Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

Kathy P ·
Shea - thanks for sharing your thoughts. You bring up a good point that biologics are not accessible to everyone because of cost which often depends on the type of insurance coverage. Access to medicine is one of AAFA's key advocacy issues. StephM - this question was not a recent question, so not related to COVID-19. You do raise a good question. The data about COVID-19 and risk factors is still developing and we are keeping a close eye on things that impact people with asthma so we can add...
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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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New Webinar: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFA Community Services ·
Experts from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia (IMPACT DC) Asthma Clinic at Children’s National Hospital will talk about managing your asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic. RSVP now for our free webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). REGISTER NOW Our expert panel will discuss: Access to asthma health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in hardest-hit communities Asthma...
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Ask the Experts: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Video and Resources)

AAFA Community Services ·
An expert panel from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia (IMPACT DC) Asthma Clinic at Children’s National Hospital answered your questions about managing asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our expert panel discussed: Access to asthma health care during the COVID-19 pandemic Asthma management strategies, including preventing respiratory illnesses Making decisions for in-person and stay-at-home learning and...
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AAFA Receives CDC Funding Award to Improve Asthma Care and Outcomes for At-Risk Populations Through Comprehensive Community Health Interventions

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is spearheading yet another new venture geared toward improving health outcomes for our nation’s most at-risk groups affected by asthma. These groups include Black, Hispanic and Indigenous Americans, senior adults, expectant mothers, children with asthma, and our nation’s military who have developed asthma while in service.
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Asthma Impacts on American Indian/Alaska Native People

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America report on Asthma Disparities in America looks at the burden of asthma on racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Health disparities are preventable health differences between groups of people. Health disparities are higher burdens of illness or death linked to social, economic, and environmental disadvantages. For example, if one group of people has a higher rate of asthma than another group of people, it is an asthma disparity. This month is...
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It Never Should Have Happened: Recognizing Racial Bias in Asthma Could Have Saved Valerie’s Husband

AAFA Community Services ·
On Sept. 16, 2020, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released our Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native groups in the United States. After coming across this report, Valerie Vison reached out to share her story. In the essay below, you’ll hear from Valerie, who lost her husband, Jordan, to asthma on July 22. In a World of “What If” – Could Racial Bias Have Contributed to My 30-Year-Old...
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Asthma Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment in the U.S. Is Changing – What the New Guidelines Say

AAFA Community Services ·
On Dec. 3, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced updates to the clinical guidelines used to diagnose and manage asthma. The new guidelines are titled "The 2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines: A Report from The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Working Group." The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the NIH, oversaw the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee (NAEPPCC) and...
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A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

AAFA Community Services ·
It shouldn’t have happened. Not to Urainia Bendter. Not to her ex-husband. Not to her partner Lamont Sykes. Not to her grieving son. Not to her newborn daughter. And not to Adaora Elikwu. At only 12 years old, Adaora was destined for greatness. She knew what she wanted − to go an Ivy League school and be a lawyer one day. She was well on her way, having been accepted into the DREAM Specialized High School Institute to earn a seat at a specialized high school in New York City. Talkative and...
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Asthma and Black Americans: A Closer Look at Disparities and Solutions For Change

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma disparities among Black communities in the United States have existed for many decades. Experts have studied and noted the causes in great detail. Recently, the focus finally started to shift from talking about the problem to changing it.
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Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community (Videos and Resources)

AAFA Community Services ·
The New England Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently hosted a webinar to examine health equity among Black Americans. Four experts joined the online discussion, titled “Speaker Series: Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community.” The panel looked at how these factors affect health equity: Social determinants of health Structural racism Implicit bias Asthma Disparities in America The burden of asthma in the U.S. falls disproportionately on...
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Amgen Submits Biologics License Application for Tezepelumab for Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Amgen today announced its partner AstraZeneca submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for tezepelumab, a potential first-in-class medicine in severe asthma.
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Questions About Asthma and Allergies? Ask the Allergist

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has launched our new Ask the Allergist knowledge base . For more than 20 years, our board-certified allergists have answered your asthma and allergy questions through our Ask the Allergist service. Now we have compiled the most common questions people have submitted, along with their responses, into a searchable knowledge base. VISIT THE KNOWLEDGE BASE Here’s a sample of the questions and answers you’ll find in the knowledge base: What do I...
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Asthma Disparities Among Older Adults

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America report on Asthma Disparities in America looks at the burden of asthma on racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Health disparities are preventable health differences between groups of people. They are higher burdens of illness or death linked to social, economic, and environmental disadvantages. For example, if one group of people has a higher rate of asthma than another group of people, it is an asthma disparity. Asthma is common in older...
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Asthma Impacts on the Hispanic Population

AAFA Community Services ·
Hispanic Americans make up more than 18% of the U.S. population – making them the second largest population group. And the U.S. Census Bureau projects that this group will account for more than 27% of the U.S. population by 2060. As the population becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, it becomes increasingly important to address disparities in asthma.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar and Teva Team Up to Help People With Asthma and COPD Improve Inhaler Use

AAFA Community Services ·
Teva Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., today announced the launch of Inhaler Tales – a national campaign aimed at raising awareness about the role inhaler misuse may play in inadequate disease control. Central to the campaign is an animated inhaler voiced by actress, producer, and entrepreneur Sarah Michelle Gellar, who will share her own experience living with asthma and encourage others to take control of their disease.
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What Is It Like to Live With and Manage Asthma in Childhood? Share Your Story With the FDA

AAFA Community Services ·
Update for Oct. 8, 2021: Did you miss the live stream of the PFDD meeting on childhood asthma? We are also still collecting stories about experiences living with and managing food allergy. See below for more information below on how to watch the recording and submit your comments . To bring the voice of patients and caregivers impacted by asthma in childhood to the forefront of drug development and research, the Allergy & Asthma Network, American Lung Association, American Partnership...
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Latino People With Asthma Have a Higher Chance of Asthma Symptoms After COVID-19

AAFA Community Services ·
According to a new study, Latino people with asthma had higher rates of uncontrolled asthma after having COVID-19 . They also had asthma symptoms for a longer time after the illness. Experts looked at 174 adult Latino people with asthma who had COVID-19. The study found that they were 4.6 times more likely to have asthma flares after COVID-19 than Black people. They were 2.9 times more likely to have asthma flares than white people. The study also showed that Latino people had asthma...
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