Tagged With "air quality awareness week"

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Air Quality Around the World

AAFA Community Services ·
April 29 – May 3 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 “Check the AQI & Get Outside” to encourage everyone to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) regularly. Today’s focus is “Air Quality Around the World.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 91% of the world breathes polluted...
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How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

AAFA Community Services ·
How are children with asthma affected by poor air quality? The first week of May marks Air Quality Awareness Week . The EPA measures air quality to tell us how clean or polluted the air is. This has special significance for people with asthma. Air pollution is a trigger for some people with asthma. Through custom alerts, you can track air quality to plan outdoor activities, such as outdoor recess. That’s how one New Jersey mom realized her son with asthma was running into breathing...
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How Do You Track Air Quality for Better Asthma Management?

AAFA Community Services ·
It should come as no surprise that the quality of the air we breathe affects our lungs. According to several studies, air pollution can make asthma symptoms worse. It’s also linked to higher asthma-related emergency room visits among senior adults and higher asthma rates in children.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

MBR ·
I vacuum at least once a week...kind of obsessed with it now. We have pets that work their way into our bedroom and I know they drag all kinds of stuff in. I am allergic to trees, pollen and grass so I have ben known to wash our sheets at least once a week if not twice. this is all new to me as I was diagnosed with allergies and asthma at the age of 53 - crazy as no history of asthma in our family. (I did have slight allergies after having kids but nothing major like now).
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Asthma warrior ·
I vacuume twice a week I use new air filters I don't let my animals in the bedroom. I use a CPAP machine so I must keep things clean.
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kuntzmd ·
Over the past 3 years, I have become allergic to many thing including pollens and mold. I live in an environment where pollution has become a problem. Grew up in another part of the country. Stinks getting older. I have very old technology for air purifier. Can't find one that truly works. I currently vacuum4 times a week, bedding once a week, pillows once a month and replace every 6 months.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

ElizabethH ·
We would love to win this filter! 3 family members with asthma and allergies. We wash bedding every week in very hot water (we wash my son's bedding 2x /wk). We vacuum & dust regularly (including ceiling fans & blinds) & keep windows closed to keep out the outdoor pollens that affect us. When my kids were younger, only washable stuffed animals on the bed (& they stayed there - could not "travel" around the house - but if they did travel, they got washed before heading back to...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Natalie Connelly ·
We wash all bedding x1 or x2 a week. I try and make sure all bedding is washable. Our sons mattress is plastic covering to reduce allergens. We vacuum daily and keep all clothes I laundry room. No stuff animals in the rooms. Having the filter would help clean up whatever else is in the room.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Jo in Houston ·
I have good results with the Germ Guardian 3-stage air purifier, made sure to get a floor-standing one large enough for the entire room plus a little. $89-99 at Best Buy a couple of years ago. It is same size as a column-shaped room fan. A little loud on high so I leave it running on high for a few hours before bedtime (even all day while at work) with the door closed, and turn it down when I go to bed. I can tell a difference in the air when I enter the bedroom.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

GigiGibson ·
I developed adult onset asthma in 2016. Unfortunately it is severe. I took it seriously in part because I am a nurse but because I ended up in the ED three times September 2016. I have never been more scared. I thought I was going to die the first time. I began to read up on taking control of all I could. I bought an air purifier, actually my husband did as I was couchbound. I bought a mattress cover, pillow covers and new pillows. Recently I decluttered my room and took out scarves I had...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Shawjan51 ·
I have improved the air quality in my bedroom by: not using carpet,using an air conditioner with a good filter during the summer,using allergen blocking mattress and pillow covers and washing my sheets in hot water once a week! This has made a big difference in controlling my asthma and allergy symptoms!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

hdollarhyde ·
I have 2 air purifiers, that I change out filters every other month. I also vacuum the house 2x a week. Dust weekly and do our best to wash blankets/sheets/pillow cases weekly as well.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

RSkalak ·
I have environmental allergies. We have hardwood floors which is nice. Linoleum floors in our kitchen. I Dust & vacuum every week and wash the bedding in our bedroom in warm water. I also wash our curtains at least once a month. When I clean I wear a mask and gloves. I keep a few plants in there as well to help purify the air. I have hypoallergenic pillows and Claritin allergy pillow cases. We have no carpet in the house. Only have a throw rug which I clean weekly.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

Annamarie ·
I keep windows open when i can and have hardwood floors in most rooms and dust once a week.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

RSkalak ·
We don’t have any carpet except in the basement. We plan on getting rid of it! We thankfully have linoleum floors in the kitchen. Hardwood floors throughout the house. I dust and vacuum each week. When I clean I wear gloves and a mask and ventilate well during the whole time I am cleaning. I take my used fabric softener sheets from the dryer and wipe them across the counters and shelves. The desk from coming back longer!
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

AAFA Community Services ·
Studies show that poor outdoor air quality can worsen asthma and allergies. This news may make you think you need to stay indoors to avoid air pollution. But your indoor air may actually be worse than the outdoor air.
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World Asthma Day Twitter Chat: Latinos & The Crisis of Air Quality

AAFA Community Services ·
Storify: Bilingual Twitter chat to discuss Latinos & The Crisis of Air Quality on World Asthma Day (May 2, 2107).
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High Heat, Air Pollution, Air Quality Create Problems for People with Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
When we think of summer, we usually think of outdoor fun like swimming, cookouts, sporting events and going to the park. But with summer also comes a combination of heat and smog that can create bad air quality. Heat, air pollution and ragweed pollen create problems in the fall too. Since we spend more time outside in these warmer months, these combinations can be hard on your airways.
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Re: Air Pollution Causes Asthma Symptoms for One Hartford Resident

LakiaShavonLightner ·
😀 Your welcome, Kathy!
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Re: Air Pollution Causes Asthma Symptoms for One Hartford Resident

Kathy P ·
Thank you for sharing your story Lakia!
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Re: Air Pollution Causes Asthma Symptoms for One Hartford Resident

LakiaShavonLightner ·
Very appreciative for the, Asthma & Allergies Foundation of America! For providing this opportunity to, share my health conditions.
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Air Pollution Causes Asthma Symptoms for One Hartford Resident

AAFA Community Services ·
Lakia Shavon Lightner has vivid memories from her childhood of visits to the emergency room at 2 in the morning. She has had severe asthma and allergies for as long as she can remember. She grew up in Hartford, but now lives in East Hartford, Connecticut, our #13 Asthma Capital for 2019.
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Now Recruiting: Study Examining Indoor Air Quality & Asthma Triggers in Maryland Children

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Katie D ·
Love to hear how this Mom is using the alerts to help her better manage both her and her sons asthma. The Air Quality Flag Program sounds like a great idea and hope more schools join.
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Lisa K ·
It really helps. When I get the alerts and he takes his inhaler before recess or outdoor gym, he almost never has any issues.
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Katie D ·
Which means more fun and play time with his friends!
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Lisa K ·
Exactly! That's the most important thing to him. It's a win win... I get a healthy kid, and he gets to run around with his friends!
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Jen ·
Lisa - I'm glad this has made a difference for you and your son.
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Kathy P ·
I may need to start tracking this for myself - especially for when I bike!
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Our Clean Air Crisis

AAFA Community Services ·
The air we breathe is one of the greatest threats to our respiratory health. Millions of people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution. Air pollution affects children the most. Evidence links air pollution to preterm births, underdeveloped lungs, reduced lung function and asthma. In the U.S., of the 25 million who have asthma, 10 die every day.
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Weakening the Clean Air Act Will Worsen Asthma for Millions

AAFA Community Services ·
Ozone is a gas that can irritate the lining of the lungs, causing damage. It can reduce lung function and make it harder for you to breathe deeply. Car exhaust, chemicals and industrial facilities create ozone. High temperatures from climate change make ozone worse. Ozone contributes to what we call “smog.” 1 As ozone increases, so do asthma rates. Research has directly linked ozone to asthma attacks. 2 High levels of ozone even affects people with healthy lungs. Unless we take action now to...
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

Sue1949 ·
Hi, I saw an allergist two years ago, and a pulmonologist last week. Neither gave me a plan, although I asked for one. Sue
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Groups Gather to Voice Concerns About Climate Change’s Impact on Health

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined Moms Clean Air Force on July 11, 2018, to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change. The Play-In for Climate Action was held on the National Mall. Hundreds of parents and their children from across the U.S. participated in the event to draw attention to the harmful effects of air pollution . Studies show that air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms. Climate change also creates longer and heavier pollen seasons. A...
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Re: How Do You Track Air Quality for Better Asthma Management?

Kgblanchard ·
Hello! I am trying to get in touch with an advocacy group regarding the air quality in some of our entertainment venues in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While there is a smoking ban in much of the state at casinos, bars and restaurants, there is no ban on smoking in our Lake Charles casinos - and there is no reason for that! Considering I have asthma and most of my work social events and meetings take place in the casinos meeting rooms, I struggle breathing for days after those meetings. Can...
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Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Better for Employees With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is a chronic condition that causes airways to become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. For adults, asthma is one of the leading causes of missing work. Adults miss more than 14 million days of work each year. Employers can improve work life for people with asthma by improving the air quality of the workplace.
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Better 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 Better 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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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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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 Better 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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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: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Allergymom ·
I vacuum (almost) daily and we always shower before bed. Pollen is a big trigger for my LO.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Tiffany F. ·
My daughter has asthma and I wash her stuffed animals monthly, and we are working on removing the carpet from areas of our home. I am taking down her fluffy curtains to minimize dust and embracing minimalism when it comes to fabric soft surfaces in her room. I vacuum daily with my Dyson HEPA v6 stick vacuum since the filter on it is so good. We currently own 2 Germ Guardian HEPA air filters, one is in her bedroom and runs all night - but would love to trade them for a Dyson model!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Lemon Harris ·
I would love to have this filter as my neighbors have cats and it would really help with the indoor air quality. It's hard for me to open windows due to outdoor allergens.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Shea ·
We do not have pets that we are allergic to in our home. We have a HEPA purifier in each bedroom (although one is stsrting to kick out on me) . We do use Zippered cases on all mattresses and pillows (they are a pain to take on/off but I just have twin beds so I handle it), and I do weekly washing of sheets and everything in hot water. Also wash curtains biweekly. Hard floong, so that is good, one small washable rug in the room. Dust and vacuum, vacuum the purifier and do the ceiling fans 1-2...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Elena Meluso ·
Right now the biggest thing I do is also vacuum, I'd love to own an air purifier! I have not been able to invest in one yet. I have pollen allergies and also sensitive to some local trees to my area. This is not regarding air but I have tried to consume local honey to help with my allergies.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Ravenia Vicaro ·
I would love to win a dyson filter because I have cat allergies and my cat is a service animal for my son with Austism so its more important to keep him than my allergies but this filter would really help. I vacuum my bedroom to try to keep it under control now.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Jwlbug28 ·
I vacuum and dust quite a bit.
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