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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 and ASL Celebrate the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award for the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program

AAFA Community Services ·
During Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) came together to celebrate the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award. The two organizations recently received the award for the development of the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program.
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Allergy and Asthma Control Starts in the Bedroom

AAFA Community Services ·
Allergic disease, including asthma, is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. in people of all ages. There is no cure for asthma. The best way to manage asthma is to avoid triggers, take medicines to prevent symptoms and prepare to treat asthma episodes.
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Caring for a Child With Asthma and Allergies: The Value of Providing Parents With Peace of Mind

AAFA Community Services ·
In the summer of 2017, Alexis Fetterman and her parents had an unexpected introduction to asthma and allergies . Alexis was 2 years old and got sick with a respiratory virus. After a visit to the emergency room, she was admitted to the hospital and flown to a nearby children’s hospital. After a few days in the hospital, Alexis was diagnosed with asthma. “The hospital stay was a really traumatic experience. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in learning about asthma and allergies. I want to...
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Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

AAFA Community Services ·
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're one of the millions of Americans with a dust mite allergy. But how well do you know these microscopic creatures? Here's a look at some common misconceptions about dust mites and dust mite allergy.
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freshAAIR™ – a Digital Magazine for People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month. Indoor air quality is important for asthma and allergy control. We dedicated our current issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine to ways you can create a healthier home.
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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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Schools and States Can Improve Indoor Air Quality for Students With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR), we look at the impact poor indoor air quality in schools can have on students with asthma and allergies.
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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality to Improve Your Health

AAFA Community Services ·
Did you know, people spend as much as 90% of their time inside their homes, offices, schools and cars? For those with allergies and asthma, air quality is important both indoors and out. Learn how to improve your indoor air quality.
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Is Your Home Making You Sick? Why a Healthier Indoor Environment Is Important

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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Re: Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

manoj ·
I receive your E mail and get a lot of information though your email. thank you so much .This types of program should be establish in our nation which directly affect the asthma patience.our nation is known as the developing nation so that air are polluted day by day.So it should be control by such type of program.I am student of social work from Dibyabhumi Multiple College,kupondol,lalitpur I hope my email response you very soon. Thank you Manoj Magar
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Re: Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

K8sMom2002 ·
Manoj, it sounds like you are a good advocate for your country!
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Re: Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

lori1022 ·
This is why companies of a business for mass people I have said like hotels Uber Lyft Taxi Planes This is example about Uber's (Btw nothing against this guy so don't every want these people to get introubke and Amit not just them it's tooons of people, there needs to be law for boundary about air and containimant air in public spaces aka place of business) These places are not pet stores. This puppy is sooooo cute and sweet but that is why it is ignored But I see and cannot filter my Uber...
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Re: Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

Ult1mat3X ·
Thank you for such a great article, a lot of useful info. I will be glad if someone could advise me air purifier for smoke from the list? I never used one, but decided to give it a try. My budget around ~150$. Share your experience if you ever used one. Thank you.
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Re: Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

K8sMom2002 ·
Ult1Mat3x, based on the link you had, I would suggest talking to your doctor and beginning your search with the Aeromax 300 . It's the only one on your list that is asthma & allergy friendly® CERTIFIED. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. The program tests household products against strict standards. If products pass certain tests, they earn the CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® mark.
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Re: Improve Your Indoor Air Quality to Improve Your Health

Seraina ·
We had our air ducts cleaned. Considerable difference in the dust build up and in my health! Air quality really does make a difference, get those regular cleanings.
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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: 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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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: 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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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: 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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COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Need for Improving Indoor Air Quality

AAFA Community Services ·
As evidence has mounted that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread through the air, it has placed an urgent spotlight on indoor air ventilation. In addition to wearing masks and keeping a physical distance from people outside your household, experts recommend improving air flow in indoor spaces. The virus is more likely to spread indoors where air may be trapped from flowing. The virus spreads from tiny droplets that come out of people’s mouths and noses when they breathe, talk, sing,...
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Re: COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Need for Improving Indoor Air Quality

ScttLee ·
The problem is that companies are too cheap to do it right and/or the ventilation companies are worthless. A local big box pharmacy has air flow in and out of their area. Having their pharmacy at positive pressure would keep all the customer's germs out of the dispensing area. People complain about smoky businesses: one bar I used to go to had 200 people that smoked and their air was clear, whereas you couldn't see across another bar that only had 30 smoking. A local ventilation company...
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Re: COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Need for Improving Indoor Air Quality

JR ·
@ScttLee Your concern is certainly understandable. Doing what you did and being clear about your preference, regardless of cost, is so important (and sometimes easier said than done).
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Re: People With Asthma Need Healthy Air

Tawny ·
I’m hyper sensitive to second hand smoke. Is there anything that can be done or taken to reduce symptoms? The second hand smoke comes in through the central air system in my house from the outside air (individuals smoking on their own property). I have a whole house air purifier.
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Re: People With Asthma Need Healthy Air

Compton ·
Welcome, @Tawny ! Someone else's smoke no matter how remote is our problem to deal with. You're in good company with the AAFA community. Could you post this question as a new topic in either the Asthma Support or Allergy Support forums? Then we can have an extended discussion back and forth. We'll tag some of the people who contributed to Dealing with smoke allergies and asthma when neighbours smoke and find some practical ideas for you. Again, welcome! We're glad you found us.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Compton ·
Welcome, Suprabha to the AAFA community. An interesting question. CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® allergen-barrier mattress or pillow covers prevent dust mite colonies from booming in your bed. They will still live in your sheets, pillowcases and blankets, but with regular washing with hot water, you can keep the numbers down. Do Antibacterial mattresses make a difference? This would be a great question for Ask the Allergist. or a new topic in the Allergy Support forum.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Suprabha ·
I had a big issue that which mattress would be better for dust mites. The Magniflex Mattress website gave me a conclusion that Antibacterial mattresses are the best for dust mites. What do you suggest?
 
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