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Understanding Research Outcome Measures

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Please watch this video and answer the following questions. Your responses are anonymous. By answering these questions, you are participating in asthma research! Outcomes measures are a key part of research. Find out what outcome measures are and what role they play in the results of research. Watch video on YouTube Watch the next video in this series - Understanding Clinical Research
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3 New Studies Shed Light on Penicillin Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
At some point you may have had a reaction to penicillin and were told you were allergic. And there’s a good chance it has stayed in your chart throughout your childhood and into adulthood. But 9 of 10 Americans who think they have a penicillin allergy have either outgrown it or never had it in the first place. That said, it’s important to get tested by an allergist to know if you have a true penicillin allergy so you know whether to avoid the drug.
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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 Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

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Notice any small cats and dogs riding the rails on Amtrak recently? One of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Facebook fans did. The person told us about a recent policy change, writing: This obviously poses a huge health risk to children and adults with pet allergies, some of which may be severe or even life-threatening. Amtrak isn't even reserving a single car to be designated as pet-free, not even the quiet car. Would the AAFA be willing to send a letter to Amtrak illustrating...
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AAFA and ASL Celebrate the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award for the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program

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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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AAFA Explains: Allergy Shots—Fighting the Cause of Allergies

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If you are one of the 50 million Americans living with allergies, you’re probably familiar with the tell-tale signs of allergies, such as sneezing, itchy nose, and watery eyes. But do you know what causes these symptoms? Let’s start at the beginning. An allergy is a disease of the immune system. The body’s immune system receives input from the environment and produces a response. Its purpose is to recognize and attack foreign invaders, such as bacteria and parasites. An allergy occurs when...
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AAFA Explains: Can Vitamin D Help My Asthma?

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With all the benefits vitamin D is thought to have, can it help your asthma? Here’s what you need to know.
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AAFA Explains: Will Coffee or Caffeinated Drinks Help My Asthma?

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This post discusses claims that caffeine can be used to treat asthma symptoms. It is part of our “ AAFA Explains ” series looking at complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) aimed at asthma and allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) wants to guide you as you decide between choices that may be “likely safe” or “potentially unsafe.” What is asthma? Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. There is no cure...
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Weakening the Clean Air Act Will Worsen Asthma for Millions

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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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Aetna Decides FeNO Testing Is Medically Necessary for Its Members With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Circassia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on respiratory disease, is pleased to announce that Aetna, one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States, has updated its Exhaled Breath Tests Clinical Policy to include the measurement of exhaled nitric oxide as “medically necessary” for the evaluation of asthma and for monitoring the response to long-term control therapy.
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Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

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For many people, the health risks posed by indoor air quality can often be significantly higher than outdoor air. Animal dander, pollen, mold, dust mites and fumes released by cooking, burning fuel or cleaning products can all negatively impact your indoor air. One way you can improve your indoor air quality is with a CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for an air cleaner.
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AAFA’s Ask the Allergist: Can Asthma Develop Suddenly?

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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?

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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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Asthma and Allergy Research Review January-March 2017

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America will recap some of the top research about allergies and asthma every three months. Here is a look at studies reported between January and March. Read about how treating homes for cockroaches can improve children's asthma, a possible link between insomnia and developing asthma, the safety of allergy immunotherapy and more.
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Avoid Food Allergy Reactions During the Holidays

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During the holiday season, our calendars fill up with a lot of social activities. More often than not, these include food. If you or a member of your family has a food allergy, these events can be more stressful than fun. Follow these tips to keep everyone safe from accidental allergic reactions.
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Breathing in the Boat: The Turnaround Point

Megan Roberts ·
By Megan Roberts, Community Engagement Program Manager at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America This post is a follow up to Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma . Paddling is my passion. I’ve raced boats in half of the world’s oceans, Hungary, Italy, Hawaii, Canada, Puerto Rico and all over the United States. I have not, however, ever had the opportunity before 2017 to race in China, the birthplace of the sport of dragon boating more than 2,500 years ago.
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Breathing in the Boat: It Was All Worth It

Megan Roberts ·
On Oct. 14, 2017, I began my travel across the world to compete at the 13th International Dragon Boat Federation’s Nations World Championships on Dianchi Lake in Kunming, China, after a long and unlikely journey to overcome asthma symptoms that nearly prevented me from competing at all.
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Building and Remodeling When You Have Asthma and Allergies: Paint, Flooring and Insulation

AAFA Community Services ·
Before you start a home building or renovation project, consider how the products you use or install may impact the overall health of your home. During construction, a lot of dust is generated and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be released. It’s important to consider choosing materials that emit fewer gases or other asthma triggers.
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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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CERTIFIED Baby Mattress Creates a Healthier Environment for Infants With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Pure Zees recently announced the expansion of its innovative asthma & allergy friendly® mattresses into the U.S. market, unveiling a new U.S. website to help roll out multiple related products through 2020. The Irish-based company has secured coveted certification for their signature infant mattress from both Allergy Standards Limited of Ireland (ASL) and The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Dupilumab Shows Benefit for Those With Severe Asthma During Clinical Trial

AAFA Community Services ·
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi today announced that the Phase 3 investigational study evaluating dupilumab in adults and adolescents with severe, steroid-dependent asthma met its primary endpoint and key secondary endpoints.
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FDA Approves a New Treatment Option for Those With Severe Asthma

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AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Fasenra (benralizumab) for the add-on maintenance treatment of patients with severe asthma aged 12 years and older, and with an eosinophilic phenotype.
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FDA Approves Cinqair to Treat Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
FDA News Release FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma For Immediate Release March 23, 2016 Inquiries Media Andrea Fischer 301-796-0393 Consumers 888-INFO-FDA Release The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Cinqair (reslizumab) for use with other asthma medicines for the maintenance treatment of severe asthma in patients aged 18 years and older. Cinqair is approved for patients who have a history of severe asthma attacks (exacerbations) despite receiving their current...
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FDA Approves Dupixent® for Treatment of Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
The FDA has approved another biologic treatment, Dupixent, for the treatment of both moderate and severe asthma patients with eosinophilic phenotype and oral corticosteroid-dependent asthma, regardless of phenotype.
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FDA Approves Symbicort to Treat Asthma In Children Ages 6-12

AAFA Community Services ·
AstraZeneca announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved SYMBICORT® (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) Inhalation Aerosol 80/4.5 micrograms for the treatment of asthma in pediatric patients aged six up to 12 years.
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FDA Approves Two New Asthma Inhalers

AAFA Community Services ·
[Press Release] Teva Announces FDA Approval of Two New RespiClick® Maintenance Inhalers for the Treatment of Asthma Approvals Expand Portfolio of Respiratory Medicines Delivered in RespiClick® Inhaler Designed to Eliminate the Need for Hand-Breath Coordination During Inhalation JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two products for adolescent and adult patients with asthma.
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FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Tezepelumab for Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
AstraZeneca and its partner Amgen Inc. (Amgen) announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for tezepelumab in patients with severe asthma, without an eosinophilic phenotype, who are receiving inhaled corticosteroids/long-acting beta2-agonists with or without oral corticosteroids and additional asthma controllers.
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FDA Will Consider Xolair for the Treatment of Nasal Polyps

AAFA Community Services ·
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for Xolair® (omalizumab) for the treatment of nasal polyps in adult patients 18 years of age and older with inadequate response to intranasal corticosteroids.
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FeNO Testing Can Be a Helpful Part of Asthma Management

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to be inflamed. The most common symptoms of asthma are coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. But there are other diseases that can have the same symptoms of asthma. For your doctor to make the right diagnosis, it is important to know if your airways are inflamed.
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Food Allergies – Not Only a Childhood Disease

Melanie Carver ·
Researchers estimate the number of people with food allergies in the U.S. to be 32 million. It breaks down to 6 million children and 26 million adults – more than previously thought. 1 It is common for food allergies to develop in childhood, but you can develop a food allergy at any age. Adults are more likely to develop allergies to crustacean shellfish (like crabs, lobster or shrimp), peanuts, milk, tree nuts and fin fish. 1 Adult-onset food allergies are generally life-long and are not...
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GlaxoSmithKline Study Shows Nucala Improves Quality of Life, Lung Function in Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE:GSK) today announced data demonstrating that severe asthma patients, whose disease is driven by eosinophilic inflammation, treated with first-in-class biologic Nucala® (mepolizumab) added-on to standard of care, achieved clinically and statistically significant improvements in their health-related quality of life and lung function, when compared to patients treated with placebo and standard of care. These results are from the phase IIIb MUSCA study (NCT02281318, 200
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Health Insurance Marketplace Guide for Asthma and Allergies for 2019

AAFA Community Services ·
If you have asthma or allergies, it is important to have health insurance. Medicine, lab tests, lung function tests and visits to see a specialist all add up. What do you need to know about your insurance options during open enrollment this year?
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Health Insurance Marketplace Guide for Asthma and Allergies for 2018

AAFA Community Services ·
If you have asthma or allergies, it is important to have health insurance. Medicines, lab tests, lung function tests and visits to see a specialist all add up. What do you need to know about your insurance options during open enrollment this year?
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Healthier Home Initiative Addresses Philadelphia’s Asthma Crisis

AAFA Community Services ·
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program partnered with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help 30 families in the region improve their indoor home environment.
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Helping Doctors Provide Personalized Asthma Care – the CHAMPS Project

AAFA Community Services ·
Many consider personalized medicine the future of health care, and for good reason. As we learn about patients, genetics and diseases, we see that a standard approach is not the best. The purpose of personalized medicine is to provide custom treatment plans for patients. While customized care can help patients, it also adds challenges due to many factors that influence asthma.
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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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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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Protect Yourself From Dust Mites With Asthma and Allergy Friendly Pillows and Pillow Covers

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When you lay your head on your pillow at night, all you want to think about is comfort – not millions of dust mites. And if you have a dust mite allergy, having all those microscopic insects near your head can make you uncomfortable by triggering allergy and asthma symptoms. You can create a healthier sleeping environment by using pillows that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®. Or you can cover your existing pillow in a CERTIFIED pillow cover.
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Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

AAFA Community Services ·
A new over-the-counter device that works with your smartphone will warn you if your asthma is about to flare. The FDA recently approved the device, called Wing. Wing attaches to your smartphone and measures your lung function. Wing has a sensor that monitors your asthma zones. The pocket-sized device includes a mouthpiece. The Wing app collects and analyzes the data from the lung test.
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Study Finds Factors that Influence Asthma Severity in Inner-City Children

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to bring you the latest research news quickly. NIAID-Sponsored Study Finds Factors that Influence Asthma Severity in Inner-City Children Results Shed Light on Complexities of Asthma in Children [PRESS RELEASE] October 5, 2016 - In a novel study of 717 children between ages 6 and 17, researchers have identified major factors associated with asthma severity...
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Study Shows a Difference Between the Effects of Controlled Burns vs. Wildfires

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Controlled burns are often used to help reduce and contain wildfires, but it turns out which burn is occurring can actually have an effect on your health, according to research presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
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Study Shows Mepolizumab to Be a Safe and Effective Long-Term Treatment Option for Severe Asthma

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release from GlaxoSmithKline to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Nucala (mepolizumab) study reports long-term safety data, consistent exacerbation reduction and improved asthma control New study showed one third of patients had no exacerbations on long-term treatment with Nucala GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) today presented new data from the longest study of an anti-IL5 biologic treatment in severe...
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Teva Announces FDA Approval of ProAir® Digihaler™

AAFA Community Services ·
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ProAir ® Digihaler™ (albuterol sulfate 117 mcg) inhalation powder, the first and only digital inhaler with built-in sensors which connects to a companion mobile application and provides inhaler use information to people with asthma and COPD. Learn more.
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Teva Launches AirDuo™ RespiClick® and its Authorized Generic

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[Press Release] Teva Launches AirDuo™ RespiClick® and its Authorized Generic, Two Inhalers Containing Fluticasone Propionate and Salmeterol First and Only Generic Fluticasone Propionate and Salmeterol (ICS/LABA) Inhaler Available in the U.S. JERUSALEM, April 20, 2017 – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) today announced the simultaneous launch of AirDuo™ RespiClick® (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) inhalation powder and its authorized generic for the treatment...
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Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

AAFA Community Services ·
QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is now available to patients by prescription! It is the first and only breath-actuated inhaled corticosteroid for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients ages 4 and older. QVAR® RediHaler™ is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler.
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Tree Pollen: Spring’s First Allergy Offender

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When spring allergy season first starts, causing you to sniffle and sneeze, tree pollen is to blame. Trees start producing pollen as early as January in the Southern U.S. Many trees keep producing pollen through June. What Are the Symptoms of a Tree Pollen Allergy? Pollen allergy symptoms are commonly called “hay fever.” Pollen released by trees, as well as grasses and weeds, cause these symptoms. They include: Runny nose and mucus production Sneezing Itchy nose, eyes, ears and mouth Stuffy...
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Understanding Asthma Research: Get Involved

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma research methods have been changing during the past several years. Research is more effective when researchers and patients work together to better understand asthma and find new treatments. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we feel your voice is valuable in asthma research. We support efforts to help you be an active part of the future of asthma management and treatments.
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Understanding Your Asthma Diagnosis: Provocation Tests

AAFA Community Services ·
There are several types of lung function tests. If your doctor wants to see how sensitive your lungs are, they may have you do a provocation (proh-voh-KA-shun) test. It is also called a challenge or a trigger test.
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Understanding Your Asthma Diagnosis: Spirometry

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Asthma is a chronic disease that causes you to have inflammation in your airways. Doctors use lung function tests to see how your lungs function or to see if you have inflammation. Spirometry is one of the most common lung function tests.
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What Happens in Your Airways When You Have Asthma?

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To understand asthma , a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, it helps to first know how your airways work. Watch on YouTube How Do Normal Airways Work? When we breathe in, air moves through our airways – from our nose or mouth, down a large hollow tube in the front of the neck called a windpipe or trachea – and into our lungs. The trachea divides into two tubes called bronchial [bron-KEE-uhl] tubes in the lungs. They look like upside-down trees. As the bronchial...
 
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