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A Look at the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Process

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined with Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) to create the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. This program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. We test household products against strict standards. If products pass our tests, they earn the asthma & allergy friendly® mark.
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AAFA and Allergy Standards Host Allergy Summit to Elevate Industry and Consumer Perspectives to Improve Products for Allergy Aware Consumers

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) announced findings from a new market research survey aimed at better understanding patient and consumer awareness, perceptions and values of certified products and the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, as well as buyer behaviors and demands.
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AAFA and ASL Celebrate the 2019 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award for the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program

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

AAFA Community Services ·
In 2017, the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program tested and certified many new products to give you more options. When you’re shopping, look for the Certification Program Mark on these new products, as well as our many other products. The mark lets you know you are getting products scientifically proven to be suitable for those with asthma and allergies. You can shop for Certified products by visiting aafa.org/certified or by using our app. Our app is available for both iOS...
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CERTIFIED Dusting Cloth Offers Better Control of Indoor Allergens in the Home

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) has announced that Guardsman® Dusting Cloths have earned asthma & allergy friendly® Certification.
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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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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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Share a Selfie for a Chance to Make Your Home More Asthma and Allergy Friendly

AAFA Community Services ·
Announcing the 2018 Certification sweepstakes! Upload a picture or a selfie of the CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® Mark on a product or service on the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program's Facebook page for a chance to win.
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Spring Cleaning for an Asthma and Allergy Friendly Home

AAFA Community Services ·
Give your home a spring cleaning with asthma and allergies in mind. Use this checklist to reduce allergens and triggers in each room of your home. CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products can help you improve the air quality in your home.
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What Products Do You Buy to Make Your Home Healthier?

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is conducting a survey to learn more about the products you buy for your family and how they impact your homes’ health.
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Hypoallergenic: Science or Marketing Hype?

AAFA Community Services ·
It’s common to see the term “hypoallergenic” on many products and services. It’s a word many consumers have become comfortable with. It makes some believe anything with this label is better for them and less likely to trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. But you may be surprised to find there is no regulation on how a product can be labeled “hypoallergenic.”
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Medical News Today Chooses Two AAFA Blogs as the Best of Asthma Blogs

AAFA Community Services ·
Medical News Today (MNT) released a list of the 10 best blogs on asthma! We're honored to make the list.
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Re: CERTIFIED Dusting Cloth Offers Better Control of Indoor Allergens in the Home

Allison Skunda ·
This is great to know about when considering future cleaning at home. I am also interested in how to use quality essential oils in laundry loads and as a diluted spray to help minimize dust mites. I have read on numerous sites that oils such as peppermint, lavendar, and eucalyptis have shown promising results when stored and used correctly and in minimal amounts so as not to be an irritant. By chance have any companies such as Do Terra or others that make essential oils applied to be tested...
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Re: CERTIFIED Dusting Cloth Offers Better Control of Indoor Allergens in the Home

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, and welcome to the community, Allison! I know that some of AAFA's members do use essential oils if it doesn't aggravate their asthma. This would be a great new topic to start on the community!
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Re: CERTIFIED Dusting Cloth Offers Better Control of Indoor Allergens in the Home

K8sMom2002 ·
And I forgot to mention this helpful blog about essential oils ... AAFA Explains: Can Essential Oils Help Asthma?
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Re: CERTIFIED Dusting Cloth Offers Better Control of Indoor Allergens in the Home

Star ·
Remember “Borax”? Grandma loved it, & it’s still around (check grocer, or local hardware.) A quarter cup per load, kills mites in laundry! It is an excellent cleaner & polisher of nearly everything, read the box. I use a teaspoon in bottom of dishwasher loads to rinse more thoroughly. Remember to use as little soap as possible, to protect our water supply. Usually a quarter to half what is called for, is plenty of soap to get the job done. Try using less toothpaste too, about 1/4 of...
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Re: CERTIFIED Dusting Cloth Offers Better Control of Indoor Allergens in the Home

Allison Skunda ·
Thank you, and also thank you to the other individual that reminded me of Borax too; it sounds familiar. I definitely agree with using as little soap as possible too; plus it saves money when we don't add a washer pod to our washing machines when it doesn't do much of anything anyway! Yes. I am glad to hear that essential oils are used by some members and, as I learn more, I will be glad to post about this with links etc. within the awareness that I am sure everything I read about their use...
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Re: CERTIFIED Dusting Cloth Offers Better Control of Indoor Allergens in the Home

Melissa G ·
Hi Allison! Welcome to AAFA! So glad that you found us!
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Re: The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program's Philadelphia Healthier Home Short Film

LAC ·
Given these terrible statistics, why isn't AAFA and CAPP aggressively working to stop this dangerous and potentially deadly problem of dogs and other pets being brought into public buildings and stores and in public buildings? These children aren't just confined to their homes. Why not designate/certify stores and buildings as "asthma and allergy friendly"? In fact, stores, businesses and public transportation companies are violating the ADA rights of people with asthma, allergies and...
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Re: Trailer for the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program's Philadelphia Healthier Homes Initiative

cherry ·
it's hard to win a legal case w/ severe mold infestations when civil court judges do not believe in toxic black mold causing human diseases. a nyc hpd housing court judge - JEAN T. SCHNEIDER threw out my foreclosure hearing WITHOUT EVEN HEARING STATEMENT FROM MY DEFENCE LAWYER - NOT onr SINGLE SENTENCE FROM MY LAWYER LAST WEEK.! all she wants are to close cases rapidly with no word from the defence ! scary-victims have no rights against her favorite big time landlords. On Mon, Oct 15, 2018...
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Re: Medical News Today Chooses Two AAFA Blogs as the Best of Asthma Blogs

RSkalak ·
Congratulations!
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Re: Hypoallergenic: Science or Marketing Hype?

Shea ·
That is so ... Angering... That hypoallergenic can be used as it is! It is like a blatant lie basically. I am so glad that Certified Allergy and Asthma friendly IS actually regulated and based on science-- definitely will be my go-to mark when I am shopping from now on.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

LK ·
A question - Since I assume dust mites are also in our cars' upholstery and interior, how often should we vacuum our cars? Thanks!
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Melissa G ·
Lisa, that is a great question. I will see if I can find that out for you.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Melissa G ·
Lisa, this would be a great question for Ask the Allergist.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

LK ·
Thank you for the link, Melissa! Just sent the question.
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Re: Samsung's Cube Air Purifier Earns asthma & allergy friendly® Certification

Chinarider10 ·
This product is $700+ tax and shipping. How many people reading your newsletter can afford that?! Sent from my iThingy > On Jun 1, 2020, at 4:22 PM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org > wrote: > > Samsung’s Cube Air Purifier
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Re: Samsung's Cube Air Purifier Earns asthma & allergy friendly® Certification

Melissa G ·
I am curious, here is a link too the certified portable air cleaners.
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Re: Samsung's Cube Air Purifier Earns asthma & allergy friendly® Certification

I Am Curious ·
Is there a section on website with affordable yet effective options?
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Samsung's Cube Air Purifier Earns asthma & allergy friendly® Certification

AAFA Community Services ·
Samsung’s Cube Air Purifier earns asthma & allergy friendly® Certification. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) has announced that Samsung’s Cube Air Purifier has earned asthma & allergy friendly® Certification.
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Re: Samsung's Cube Air Purifier Earns asthma & allergy friendly® Certification

katalinfrog ·
I feel like products like the Samsung Cube air purifier are marketed to those of us who are asthmatics because we are desperate to breathe. And so many of us have severe allergies (and allergy induced asthma) that we try to spend money we don't have just to try to breathe - this isn't right - there have to be alternatives that are affordable - our medications alone are incredibly expensive. We spend hundreds, if not thousands covering our mattresses, buying special pillows, special air duct...
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Short Film Features Philadelphia Housing Impacts on Health

AAFA Community Services ·
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that support the need for people with asthma and allergy to make their home environment healthier.
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Tell Us About the Products You Buy to Make Your Home Healthier

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is conducting a survey to learn more about the products you buy for your family and how they impact your homes’ health. We want to hear your thoughts about product claims and your experience with CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products and services. Take our quick survey to let us know how you shop for home products. The survey should take 15 minutes or less to complete. TAKE THE SURVEY NOW Take the survey by Nov. 5, 2020, at...
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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With the Latest Issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine

AAFA Community Services ·
The Spring 2021 issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine – our digital magazine for people with asthma and allergies – is available! This special issue includes tips and information to help you improve your indoor air quality for a healthier home. It also highlights our asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program . The Certification Program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. Even if a product is labeled “hypoallergenic” or “asthma and allergy friendly,” it doesn’t mean...
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AAFA and Rabbit Air Team Up to Help At-Risk Children With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Rabbit Air have teamed up to help children in San Diego, California, and St. Louis, Missouri, have better indoor air quality to improve asthma management. AAFA is currently working with Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. We are helping them grow and expand their severe asthma clinic by providing funding, education support, and building their community network. AAFA staff meet with members of the Rady Children’s severe asthma clinic...
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COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Need for Improving Indoor Air Quality

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

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

JR ·
@ScttLee Your concern is certainly understandable. Doing what you did and being clear about your preference, regardless of cost, is so important (and sometimes easier said than done).
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

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

Suprabha ·
I had a big issue that which mattress would be better for dust mites. The Magniflex Mattress website gave me a conclusion that Antibacterial mattresses are the best for dust mites. What do you suggest?
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Humidity’s Role in Asthma and Allergy Management

AAFA Community Services ·
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Too much or too little humidity can contribute to asthma , allergies , skin conditions , infections, and general discomfort. When there is a lot of water vapor in the air (high humidity), it feels hot and sticky. Sweat has trouble evaporating. When humidity is low, the air feels dry and cool. Sweat evaporates easily. The amount of actual water vapor in the air is called relative humidity. It is stated as a percentage. The Environmental...
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Understanding Vacuum Cleaner Certifications for a Healthier Home

AAFA Community Services ·
Allergens, such as animal dander , dust mites , and pollen , can pile up on carpets and hard flooring. And then they can be kicked into the air when people walk on the floor or clean the floor. Some people with asthma may need to wear a mask while vacuuming or ask someone else to do the cleaning. A vacuum cleaner that is proven to remove allergens from flooring can be a useful tool to control allergy triggers in the indoor environment . But because vacuuming disturbs dust and other particles...
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