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What type of provider manages your asthma?

Kathy P ·
It's important to work with your health care provider to create a personalized plan for managing your asthma. Who do you see who helps you manage your asthma?
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2016 Spring Allergy Capitals Report Ranks The Most Challenging Cities Nationwide For Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a leading patient advocacy organization in the United States representing nearly 61 million Americans who experience asthma or allergies, released its annual Spring Allergy Capitals™ report. The report identifies the 100 most challenging places to live with spring allergies in the U.S. Jackson, MS is the most challenging U.S. city to live for the second year in a row based on higher than average pollen scores, higher than average...
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2018 Fall Allergy Capitals Report: Is Your City on Our List?

AAFA Community Services ·
Ragweed and other fall allergens are found throughout the U.S., but some areas feel the effects more than others. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2018 Fall Allergy Capitals™ report.
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2018 Spring Allergies Capitals Report: How Does Your City Rank?

AAFA Community Services ·
As many in the U.S. put away their winter coats, they pull out the allergy medicines. The onslaught of pollen that comes each spring affects millions of Americans with seasonal allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2018 Spring Allergy Capitals™ report that ranks the top 100 cities in the nation for spring allergies
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2019 Spring Allergy Capitals: See If Your City Made Our List

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2019 Spring Allergy Capitals™ report to look at why some locations are more affected than others. Our report ranks the top 100 cities in the nation for spring allergies.
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2020 Allergy Capitals™ Report: Seasonal Rankings by City for Spring and Fall

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) 2020 Allergy Capitals™ report is now available. This report ranks the top 100 most challenging cities in the continental United States to live in with seasonal allergies. AAFA combines data from both spring and fall to create a ranking of the top 100 cities based on: Pollen counts Allergy medicine use Number of board-certified allergists available The report also includes a breakdown of seasonal rankings of the top cities for both spring...
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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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3 Ways Humidity Affects Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Allergens, chemicals and strong scents are common triggers for the almost 25 million Americans with asthma. But high humidity can be just as troublesome. People with asthma have inflamed airways that are sensitive to things that may not bother other people. That’s why humidity, and all that comes with it, can be a problem for people with asthma. 1 Here are some reasons why. 1. Humid air feels harder to breathe in. Some believe moist air is heavier and harder to breathe. Heat and humidity...
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5 Things You May Not Know About Ragweed Pollen Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
If you live in the U.S., you’re probably starting to feel the effects of ragweed pollen. Ragweed pollen allergy affects about 25 million Americans, making it one of the most common weed allergy. Its light pollen easily spreads far and wide, causing people with nasal and allergic asthma symptoms to feel miserable each fall.
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7 Things You Should Know About Oral Allergy Syndrome

AAFA Community Services ·
Did you know pollen might be responsible for your food allergy? If your mouth or throat itch when you eat certain fruit or vegetables, you could have oral allergy syndrome (OAS). And you would have a pollen allergy to thank for that.
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Fun Ways to Teach Children About Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Young children with asthma may not always understand what it is and what's going on when they have symptoms. But teaching your child about asthma at a young age can help them communicate better with you, teachers and other caregivers when they do have symptoms. Plus, this will help prepare them for self care as they get older. Here are some resources specially created to teach young children about asthma. These links include games, printable activity sheets, videos with fun characters,...
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AAFA CEO Shares Patient Concerns About Restrictions to Allergen Immunotherapy

AAFA Community Services ·
AAFA does not support the changes proposed by USP because we believe they pose a real threat to quality of care. We strongly urge the USP to keep existing guidelines for allergen immunotherapy in place so that millions of patients across the United States can continue to receive the treatment they need.
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AAFA Delivers the Facts on Allergy Shots

AAFA Community Services ·
In January we told you about proposed regulations that could limit your access to allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is proposing rules that would likely limit the ability of allergists to mix allergen extracts for their patients. That may mean that allergy shots are simply not available to many people - or are available, but not covered by insurance. The insurance coverage of this treatment may also be restricted. The Asthma and Allergy...
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AAFA, Med-IQ Introduce Managing Your Child’s Asthma: Ask the Experts

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

AAFA Community Services ·
If you’ve never suffered from eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, you probably aren’t aware of the negative impact it can have on quality of life. The severe itching, redness and excessively dry skin all make life miserable for those who suffer from the allergic disease.
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Albuterol Inhaler Shortage Due to COVID-19 Could Impact People With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this message from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)for people with asthma about a shortage of albuterol metered dose inhalers
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AAFA’s Ask the Allergist: Can Asthma Develop Suddenly?

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

AAFA Community Services ·
I have eczema and seasonal allergies. My doctor wants to do a skin test to see if I should get allergy shots. Can I get allergy shots if I have eczema? Does eczema affect the accuracy of allergy skin test results?
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Babies With A Dog in the Home May Have a Lower Risk of Asthma and Eczema

AAFA Community Services ·
Two studies being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting show there may be even more reason to love your dog.
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Black Children Six Times More Likely to Die of Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
There is no cure for asthma, but with the proper diagnosis, medication and an asthma management plan, symptoms can be controlled. When not properly controlled asthma can be deadly. A study being presented at the 2017 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting called “Where Do Children with Asthma Die? A National Perspective from 2003 to 2014” seeks to address where and which demographics of children are dying because of asthma in the United States.
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

AAFA Community Services ·
Improving the air quality in your living room and bedroom is an important part of managing your asthma and allergies. But did you know the air quality of your kitchen is important too?
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Can Birch Trees Trigger Food Allergies?

AAFA Community Services ·
Birch trees are known for their tall, thin trunks and white bark. But did you know they trigger a lot of allergy symptoms for much of the population each spring? These allergy symptoms can range from nasal symptoms, like sneezing and a stuffy nose, to the lesser-known oral allergy syndrome (OAS).
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Can Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Affect Children With Asthma?

AAFA Community Services ·
It’s well established that secondhand smoke from cigarettes is a risk to anyone who suffers from asthma. New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting shows it’s possible for both children and adults with uncontrolled asthma to find their symptoms worsening due to cannabis allergy and exposure to marijuana smoke.
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Can You Prevent Allergies by Sucking on Your Baby’s Pacifier to Clean It?

AAFA Community Services ·
If the thought of sucking your baby’s pacifier to clean it and then popping it in your baby’s mouth grosses you out, think again. New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting suggests a link between parental sucking on a pacifier and a lower allergic response among young children.
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Children Who Do Not Have Access to Fresh Fruits and Veggies Have Higher Rates of Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Living in a food desert – an urban area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food – means you’re at increased risk to have asthma. Children who were studied who did not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables had higher rates of asthma than children who did have access.
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Hives That Won’t Go Away: The Basics of CIU

AAFA Community Services ·
Hives, those annoying itchy red bumps, often occur with an allergic reaction or sometimes a viral infection. Or sometimes, they can be more serious when they happen with a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
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Creating an Asthma Management Plan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the #4 Asthma Capital

AAFA Community Services ·
When Joey was 4 years old, his parents took him to see an allergist. He was having trouble breathing and having challenges with his digestive system. They learned that Joey has asthma triggered by environmental and food allergies.
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Dr. Philip Norman: An AAFA Tribute to an Allergy Legend

AAFA Community Services ·
If you’ve ever benefited from immunotherapy (allergy shots, SLIT or oral immunotherapy), you can thank Dr. Philip Sidney Norman. Dr. Norman put allergy research on the map. He is known as the “father of modern immunotherapy for allergic disease” and even coined the term “allergen immunotherapy.” As an allergist and researcher for more than 50 years, he published 237 research papers and more than 100 book chapters and reviews. And for many decades, he was an important part of AAFA.
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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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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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Free Webinar: Food Allergies and Risk Factors for Anaphylaxis

AAFA Community Services ·
RSVP : Reserve your spot now! WHEN : Wednesday, May 31, 2017 TIME : 12 PM – 1 PM ET WHERE : Your computer, iOS or Android device To wrap up food allergy awareness month, join Kids With Food Allergies for an important webinar about severe allergic reactions. Sometimes allergy symptoms are mild. Other times, symptoms can be severe and result in a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis (anna-fih-LACK-sis). Anaphylaxis is an allergic emergency that can cause serious, potentially...
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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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How Does Rain Affect Pollen Levels?

AAFA Community Services ·
Long, hot days are great for outdoor activities, but pollen can threaten to keep you indoors if you have pollen allergies and allergic asthma. They may leave you longing for a rain shower to wash the pollen away. But rain causes plant growth, producing more pollen, right? So is rain good for those with allergies or not?
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Pollen Immunotherapy May Relieve Oral Allergy Syndrome Symptoms in Children

AAFA Community Services ·
We know that children with pollen food allergy syndrome (PFAS) also suffer from seasonal allergies. A new study being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston shows that allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy) can be effective in reducing PFAS symptoms for pediatric patients.
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Poverty Widens Gap in Care for Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Press Release Contact: Melissa Graham mgraham@aaaai.org (414) 272-6071 Onsite Press Room (March 4-7): (213) 743-6242 POVERTY WIDENS GAP IN CARE FOR ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES Researchers Examine Socioeconomic Disparities at AAAAI Annual Meeting Los Angeles, CA – Socioeconomic disparities are a cause for concern in patients with asthma and allergies, according to several studies presented at the AAAAI Annual Meeting. “We found that patients who have asthma and come from lower income households –...
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Preparing for School With Asthma and Food Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
We hosted a free educational webinar featuring guest speakers David Stukus, MD, and Michael Pistiner, MD on the Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) site. KFA is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The presentation below answers common questions about how your allergist can help with back-to-school planning.
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Seven Tips to Improve Your Asthma Health Care

AAFA Community Services ·
If you have asthma or allergies, coordinated care is important. However, what is "coordinated care?" Two or more people organize coordinated care. That could mean a doctor and patient, or multiple health care providers, the patient and family members. It helps you get the right care at the right time. Coordinated care helps keep you healthy, especially if you have one of these challenges: Older Americans with asthma may be more likely to have other chronic conditions. Seniors may have...
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Several Factors Can Affect Length of Child’s Hospital Stay After an Asthma Attack

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release from the 2017 ACAAI Scientific Annual Meeting to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Eczema Plus Family History Can Mean a Longer Hospital Stay for Kids with Asthma Study finds number of allergies don’t necessarily affect length of hospital stay. BOSTON, MA (October 27, 2017) – Asthma and allergies are related, and many people who suffer from asthma have allergies that trigger their asthma.
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Sneezing and Sniffling: How to Tell If It's Allergies or a Cold

AAFA Community Services ·
It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between allergies and a common cold. Both allergies and cold viruses tend to become widespread at certain times of the year, which is why you may mistake a cold for seasonal allergies. Allergies and viral infections can cause rhinitis . The word rhinitis means “inflammation of the nose.” The nose produces fluid called mucus. This fluid is normally thin and clear. It helps to keep dust, debris and allergens out of the lungs. Mucus traps...
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Springfield, Massachusetts: Why It's the #1 Asthma Capital

AAFA Community Services ·
Last year’s top Asthma Capital, Springfield, Massachusetts, is again the most challenging place in the U.S. to live with asthma. To get a better understanding of the asthma problem there, we talked with a local family, senator, allergist and city councilor.
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Study Reviews Safety of Subcutaneous and Sublingual Allergen Immunotherapy

AAFA Community Services ·
Researchers analyzed 8 years of data and found that while overall systemic reactions have been declining, people with asthma were most at risk for them. Also no local skin infections or serious infections from injections were reported in 9.5 million injection visits.
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Study Shows a Difference Between the Effects of Controlled Burns vs. Wildfires

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Case Study Shows Allergy Shots May Improve Severe Eczema

AAFA Community Services ·
If you’ve suffered with severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) for a long time and have tried what you think is every available option for relief, you may want to consider allergy shots. A medically-challenging case being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found that allergy shots provided significant benefits to the eczema symptoms suffered by a 48-year-old man.
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Study Shows Red Meat Allergy May Come From Tick Saliva

AAFA Community Services ·
Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), a food allergy commonly known as red meat allergy, may develop from ticks’ saliva itself, whether a tick has fed on another animal before biting a human or not. This news comes from a study presented for the first time at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
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Tech Is a Good Prescription for People with Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
AAFA's new web platforms are designed with a fresh, clean and user-friendly design.
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Teens With Asthma Almost Twice As Likely to Smoke

AAFA Community Services ·
A study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found adolescents with asthma were twice as likely to smoke as kids without asthma. And they continue to smoke well into their teen years, even though they know smoking is particularly bad for their lungs.
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The 2016 Fall Allergy Capitals: How Does Your City Rank?

AAFA Community Services ·
On May 1, 2018, we released our Asthma Capitals™ 2018 report . Read our current report for the latest list of Asthma Capitals. Did you know that fall allergies can be just as bad as spring allergies? Our 2016 Fall Allergy Capitals TM report identifies the most challenging places to live with fall allergies among the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. This report is your guide to help prevent and manage allergy symptoms if you live in one of these cities. Here is our top five national...
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Thunderstorms and Asthma: An Unexpected Connection

AAFA Community Services ·
In November 2016, a surprising event occurred in Melbourne, Australia. During an outbreak of thunderstorms, thousands of people had sudden asthma attacks around the same time. The strange weather event overwhelmed emergency facilities and personnel. Nine people died from the event. The phenomenon is called thunderstorm asthma. Experts in Australia and Europe have been studying thunderstorm asthma for years. But we don’t hear much about it in the United States. Does that mean Americans won’t...
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Tips for Coping With Spring Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
After a long, cold winter, nothing feels better than spending time outside in the warm spring sun – unless you have allergies. Follow these tips to manage your spring pollen allergies.
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Tree Pollen: Spring’s First Allergy Offender

AAFA Community Services ·
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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