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Three Bills Could Have a Big Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . During this month, our community seeks to raise greater awareness with family, friends, coworkers and others about what it is like to live with asthma and allergies. It’s also a good time to engage with your elected officials in Congress about several pieces of legislation that improve access to asthma and allergy treatments and medicines, and protect the rights of our patient community. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)...
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Time Is Running Out to Get Your Gear for Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is coming soon! There are many ways you can help us spread awareness, but one of the best is to talk with those you see every day. Shop our online store for conversation starters like T-shirts, bracelets and medicine bags.
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Upload a Photo and Enter a Chance to Win a “Healthier Home” Package!

AAFA Community Services ·
National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is under way! Thank you for all you’re doing to help us raise awareness about asthma and allergies. There's still time to enter our More Than Asthma photo sharing contest! By sharing your photo, you can raise awareness and have a chance to win a “healthier home” package.
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Your Asthma and Allergy Checklist for February

AAFA Community Services ·
January flew by and February is already here! It's time to put some of these asthma and allergy tasks on your to-do list for this month.
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How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

AAFA Community Services ·
I am very honored to have been chosen by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to be one of their featured interviews to help kick off National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Please join me and thousands of others to raise awareness for asthma and help educate those around us who don’t live with the disease. The more we all understand it and are mindful of the people around us with this invisible disability, the better off we all will be.
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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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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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January Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Update: Progress Toward School Protections

Jenna R. ·
Happy New Year! Welcome to your January advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Join Our Photo Contest to Share How You #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we are hosting a photo contest May 1-31. Post your photos showing us how you overcome asthma and allergies. Your photo will be featured on our tackleasthma.org page. You could win a “healthier home” package of asthma & allergy friendly ® Certified products . How Can I Participate? Take a picture showing how you live with asthma or allergies every day. Upload your photo to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or our community photo albums between May...
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Join Our Twitter Chat to Learn How to Take Control of Your Asthma Health

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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Join Our Twitter Chat to Take Charge of Your Asthma Health

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Just One Click Can Spread Awareness About Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Kids Learn How to #TackleAsthma From Pro Football Player

AAFA Community Services ·
How often do kids with asthma hear inspirational messages from a professional football player? Over 20 children ages 6-14 recently did, as AAFA hosted its first #TackleAsthma event for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. They learned how to exercise safely with asthma, thanks to the generosity of one player who knows their struggles. Rashad Jennings, running back for the NY Giants, met the kids at a New Jersey gym near the stadium. Sometimes children with chronic conditions like...
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Lexi Tackles Severe Asthma on her Wakeboard

AAFA Community Services ·
We are pleased to announce that Lexi L is the fourth winner of our #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies photo contest ! “I try to not let my asthma hold me back from living my life to the fullest. I’ve been intubated once due to an asthma attack and recently had to be on the Bi-Pap this past November due to another attack. Wakeboarding has always been my passion but due to being limited, I can’t do certain things as much as I would like to. Also, being one that has such horrible allergies,...
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Living Life to Its Fullest One Year After Bronchial Thermoplasty

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Living With Asthma in Birmingham, Alabama, the #8 Asthma Capital

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Losing Laura: Each Day 10 Too Many People Die From Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Managing Asthma and Poor Air Quality in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the #14 Asthma Capital

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Managing Asthma in St. Louis: It's Scary Not to Be Able to Breathe

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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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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May Is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

AAFA Community Services ·
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,...
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Michigan Woman With Severe Asthma Has New Hope Through Bronchial Thermoplasty

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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More Than 25 Million Americans Have Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month Tackles Epidemic to Educate Public

AAFA Community Services ·
[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...
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November Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Update: School Protections and Emotional Support Animals and Epinephrine Auto-Injectors on Planes

Jenna R. ·
Welcome to your November advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, Director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Omalizumab Could Help Children with Asthma Fight Colds

AAFA Community Services ·
New research shows omalizumab to be a promising treatment or prevention option for virus-induced asthma exacerbations, an important public health issue that affects every child with asthma.
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Re: AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

msshale68 ·
I would just like to say I have been diagnosed with asthma along with copd and early stage emphysema.... I have never smoked but have lived with smokers during my childhood... their smoking has condemned me to a certain outcome of death... i have gotten bronchitis every year for the past 35 years, walking pneumonia and whooping cough..... pollen aggravates my allergies and I have not slept more then 4 to 5 hours a night because of the coughing for the past 5 years..why do i have to pay the...
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

K8sMom2002 ·
What a lovely and wonderful way to celebrate Austin's life! My heart breaks for this family, but I am so amazed at how they have given Austin's life meaning. From one mother to another, thank you for turning your grief into action!
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Peter Prakke ·
To all the Asthma sufferers, remember, if you intend to plant a tree in honour of the Asthma sufferer like Austin, plant a 'female' tree. Why? Because we are planting, male clonal, pollen producing, Asthma causing, native or non-native trees. Your "2018 Walk for Asthma Awareness", is again a great undertaking and to al participants, 'my hat goes of''. Support your AAFA, Asthma awareness. "Together we are stronger".
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Shea ·
I pray for the family and for all those suffering with allergies and asthma. It is difficult to live with every day. It is difficult to watch and care for someone living with it. I wish I could snap my fingers and cure us all. But, education and awareness does save lives and help. Planting (female, allergy-friendly trees) helps. And research helps. I am so sorry to the family of Austin and the community, you are in our prayers.
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Rosey rose ·
I'm so sorry about your son leaving us. I to don't get relief from inhalers. I do need to comment on all those balloon releases, its really bad for our bird friends and causes a lot of pollution and danger to our wildlife.
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Megan Roberts ·
What an incredible way to honor your beautiful son's life. Meredith, I am so inspired by your courage and strength to use this tragedy to bring awareness to others. You are one amazing mom. Thank you for sharing Austin's story, and yours. Blessings to your family as you work to protect the lives of other children with asthma in his honor.
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Kathy P ·
What an amazing way to honor Austin's memory by spreading awareness and education. Hugs to the Dodds family - your strength is amazing.
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Tanya B. ·
Thank you for sharing Austin's story. Meredith, you are an inspiration. What an amazing way to create a legacy for your son. I am confident that with your strength, spirit and desire to help others, the MyHope4Austin Organization will have a far-reaching impact as it continues to grow. Many hugs and blessings to you and your family, Meredith!
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Brenda Silvia-Torma ·
Meredith, The MyHope4Austin organization is a wonderful way to honor your son’s kind and generous heart. Thank you for sharing your family’s story with us and for your work to increase asthma awareness and education in the community. Gratefully, Brenda
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

MonicaW6 ·
Meredith, you are truly an amazing mother. The MyHope4Austin Organization will not only keep the legacy of your son alive but it will also help others who have asthma. Having a loved one transition to heaven isn’t easy and it takes a champion and a loving, caring, kind, unselfish spirit like yours to turn emotions into something positive, educational and thoughtful. Thank you for sharing your story. You and your family are always in my prayers.
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

LyndaM ·
Dear Meredith, Thank you for so very much for sharing your son's story. My heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your beautiful son and for turning his tragic loss into something positive that will help others living with asthma. Those of us with children who have asthma thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Warmly, Lynda
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Deborah367 ·
I lost my 40 year old son last week, a husband, father to three young sons, brother! And very loved son. Last year at this time he was hospitalized and intubated to help him breath. When he started suffering very bad symptoms last weekend he was reluctant to go to the hospital for fear they would intubate him. By the time he realized how serious it was he collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest. I am so broken and angry that he waited so long to try to get help. It is very hard to function.
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

K8sMom2002 ·
Deborah, I am incredibly sorry to hear of your family's recent loss of your son. What a horrible thing to endure and go through! My heart grieves for you and your family. No mother ever ought to have to go through what you've been through. I can definitely understand your grief and your anger and your shock and bewilderment right now. I will be thinking of you and your family. We are here for you -- please feel free to start a new topic on our asthma support community so that we can offer...
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Kathy P ·
Hugs @Deborah367 - my sincere condolences to you on the loss of your husband to this disease. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. Your grief and anger is understandable. How can we help?
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Debbie Alves ·
Dear Deborah, You have my deepest sympathy on your loss. Only another parent, like Meredith, can truly understand the loss of a child. Nothing we - or anyone - can say will make it easier. Nothing is going to replace your son, or make his passing less frustrating. But you may find that channeling your pain can help - not only for you, your family and friends, but all the other spouses, children, friends and colleagues who may be living with asthma, know someone intimately at risk, or may...
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Re: What It Feels Like to Have Asthma - Help #TackleAsthma for Kids

AAFA Community Services ·
Visit www.TackleAsthma.org to see more learn more about being active and healthy when you have asthma. You can download our Tackle Asthma Playbook and read inspirational stories from our team captains.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Allergictoanimals ·
I completed the survey. All, Has anyone been traveling by plane that can recommend a company mask to cover nose and mouth on plane to protect from pet dander? I haven't travelled since early 2015 and hoping to take a trip at the end of this month. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: ACT for Asthma and Allergy: AAFA and MedicAlert Team Up for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Smiles all the way ·
Greetings from my end, am always grateful for the useful tips,though regional differences yet one love. Please, keep the good work going, I appreciate every effort. Much love, Mary. On Tue, May 5, 2020, 8:18 PM Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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Re: Share a Photo That Shows How You Are More Than Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Congratulations to our second #morethanasthma 2019 winner! Krystin describes herself as a "video game loving medical student who just so happens to carry an inhaler." Asthma has been a challenge for her, but she is determined to overcome it. "To me #morethanasthma means that I might have asthma but asthma doesn’t have me," Krystin says. "It means never letting asthma define who I am and always trying my best to not let asthma hold me back. I will always have to pace myself but I will never...
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Re: Share a Photo That Shows How You Are More Than Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Congratulations to our third #morethanasthma 2019 winner! Kamille Rivers likes to help others with asthma see themselves as more than just a diagnosis. A self-described "petite plus-sized model," Kamille says, "My daughter Desi’rae and I are #morethanasthma because we stand strong, and we are fighters. I believe in staying healthy by eating all the proper foods and taking our medication daily." Kamille believes people can still maintain good health even with asthma. To spread that message,...
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Re: Share a Photo That Shows How You Are More Than Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Congratulations to our first #morethanasthma 2019 winner! Rashaun works hard to keep his asthma from turning his life upside down. He's an active boy who does aerial yoga and dreams of following in his grandfather's steps to become a fire inspector one day. How are you #morethanasthma? Upload a photo of you, your child or family and caption the image that shows how you are unique and how you overcome obstacles that asthma puts in your way . Images will be added to our mosaic on our More Than...
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Re: Share a Photo That Shows How You Are More Than Asthma

K8sMom2002 ·
Congratulations, @Erin-Leigh Gallop ! Thanks for sharing your photo!
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Re: Asthma and Other Conditions Can Raise Your Chances of Having Atopic Dermatitis

Barbara DICarlo ·
Thanks. This has nothing to do with my issues at all. I also do not have atopic dermetis. This does not help me. On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 11:22 AM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wrote:
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