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Understanding Warning Signs of an Asthma Attack

AAFA Community Services ·
Please watch this video and answer the following questions. Your responses are anonymous. By answering these questions, you are participating in asthma research! If you have asthma, you should know the signs of a severe asthma attack and asthma zones. Learn what to look for and when to seek emergency medical help. Watch video on YouTube Watch the next video in this series - Understanding Asthma Triggers
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38 Products Get CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®

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Thirty-eight products earned the asthma & allergy friendly® CERTIFIED certification so far this year. They each passed scientific tests to ensure the products meet our standards to reduce asthma and allergy triggers. Take a look.
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4 Things You Must Know About the Flu If You Have Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Flu season is here and already making headlines. During the 2017-2018 flu season, it is estimated that more than 80,000 people died from the flu or flu complications . More than 900,000 were hospitalized. These numbers are the highest we've seen in decades. Everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves for this flu season now before it peaks, especially people with asthma . As you prepare to deal with co-workers who come to work sick, kids who bring illnesses home from school or germy...
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5 Things You May Not Know About Ragweed Pollen Allergy

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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

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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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AAFA and Allergy Standards Host Allergy Summit to Elevate Industry and Consumer Perspectives to Improve Products for Allergy Aware Consumers

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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 Applauds FDA First Steps Toward Declaring Sesame as Major Allergen

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the premiere nonprofit representing patients with asthma and allergies, applauds the recent request for information and statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demonstrating its commitment to explore the classification of sesame as a major allergen.
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Asthma and Allergy Friendly Gift Guide for 2017

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Shopping for someone with asthma and allergies this holiday season? Products to help them reduce asthma and allergy triggers make great gifts. Look for Certified asthma & allergy friendly® products this holiday season.
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Attack Asthma Run Raises Awareness and Money for Asthma

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Nearly 25 million Americans have asthma. This includes more than 400 students at San Leandro High School in California. When Jan Othen, a health and physical education teacher, learned how many students at her school have asthma and she heard about several asthma-related deaths, she decided she had to do something to help raise awareness.
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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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Can Birch Trees Trigger Food Allergies?

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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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Donate Allergy-Friendly Food to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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Many of our members in Houston, and the surrounding areas of Texas and into Louisiana, continue to be affected by Hurricane Harvey and the ensuing flooding. If you are in the affected area and want to help, we have listed the name of an agency who is accepting allergy-friendly food donations, with delivery instructions so the food can make it safely to those who need it.
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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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High School Athlete Doesn’t Let Asthma Stop Her

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Reilly Price takes both high school and community college classes. She is working on a senior research project. She serves as captain of her cross-country team, and dances for a pre-professional ballet company. She participates in student government and other campus clubs. On top of all this, Reilly also found time to raise money to help support Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Honor Student Holds Concert to Raise Awareness for Asthma and Allergies

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As a lifetime patient of both asthma and allergies, I am all too familiar with the late night ambulance trips to the emergency room because of an asthma attack or the rude interruption of a peanut or tree nut in my body at a classy restaurant. Such unfortunate circumstances are a constant fear in my life—just like they are for many others with asthma and severe allergies. Though my asthma has improved since I was a young child (I am now a passionate long distance runner—still running with my...
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People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

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The flu can be dangerous for anyone, but those with asthma are at risk of complications if they get the flu. These extra steps can help you avoid the flu and prevent problems.
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Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

AAFA Community Services ·
With the current spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and around the world, many people with asthma wonder how it would affect them if they got the illness. There is a lot we still don't know about this illness. Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) Medical Scientific Council, wrote this article for our blog about what we do know at this time. There have been many questions about how having asthma affects your risk of getting...
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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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Preparing for Natural Disasters When You Have Asthma

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If you have asthma, natural disasters could affect your health in unexpected ways. Chronic medical conditions like asthma can become worse when wildfires, tornadoes, severe flooding or earthquakes occur. Asthma flare-ups during a disaster can happen because of: Allergens in the air (pollen, mold, etc.) Irritants in the air (dust, smoke) Losing access to your treatments due to evacuation Strong emotions (fear, anxiety) Now is a good time to create a disaster planning kit with your asthma in...
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Promacta® Oral Suspension Recalled for Possible Peanut Contamination

AAFA Community Services ·
Novartis today announced a voluntary recall of three lots of Promacta (eltrombopag) 12.5 mg for oral suspension to the consumer level. The oral suspension lots are being recalled because of a risk of potential peanut flour contamination that occurred at a third-party contract manufacturing site.
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Report Shows Increase in Childhood Allergy Rates and Severe Allergic Reactions

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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) released a report called Childhood Allergies in America. The study showed that allergy rates among children have been going up from 2010 to 2016.
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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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How to Apply for Social Security Benefits If You Have Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
My dad is one of the 24 million Americans who grew up with asthma. He is also allergic to pollen - which made working as a groundskeeper on a golf course pretty challenging. In May, he’d sometimes be unable to work for a full week at a time. My dad was able to manage his asthma and allergies (for the most part) with medication and a quick-relief asthma inhaler . He was never hospitalized due to an attack. Yet if his asthma was worse, he may have not been able to work at all. If you or a...
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Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

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Cathy Stephens was born not breathing. And since that day 47 years ago, breathing has periodically been a struggle for her. She shares her inspirational story of overcoming asthma to finish an Ironman triathlon.
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Keep Kids With Allergies and Asthma Safe This Halloween

AAFA Community Services ·
Halloween means crisp fall air, pumpkins and trick-or-treating. But for adults and kids who manage asthma and allergies, even the best parts of Halloween – like treats, costumes and decorations–can be frightful triggers. Knowing how to avoid triggers can reduce stress and minimize the chances of a food allergy reaction or an asthma attack. Here are our tips to make your Halloween safer. Know What Is Safe to Eat For most kids, Halloween is all about treats and candy! For kids with food...
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Knowing and Treating Your Early Warning Asthma Signs Can Reduce the Need for Emergency Room Visits

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Did you know you may be able to tell when an asthma episode or attack is about to start before you have trouble breathing? Knowing your early warning signs (or mild symptoms) can be helpful so you can begin asthma treatment as soon as possible.
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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

K8sMom2002 ·
Lynnnowik, the device is not out yet -- the Wing website (click the blue letters to take you to their website) has some information about it and a place to sign up for news alerts. The blog says that they're hoping to release it in the fall. In the meantime, how can we help you with your asthma? I hope you'll join us on our Daily Roll Call "thread" on the forums -- it's a great way to get to know other folks who are managing asthma and get a little encouragement each day!
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Re: AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

Maxmakc ·
Sadly, my daughter's allergist is not at all interested in learning about Salt Room Therapy. We discovered it through a friend and researched it carefully. It has trasformed a severly asthmatic child on lots of meds to a very mild case needing very little medication (who even runs cross-country now). I understand a doctor's hesitation to learn something new, but to scare people away from it is just plain bad doctoring...
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Re: AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

Kathy P ·
Maxmakc, that's great that salt room therapy has helped your daughter so much! And congrats to her being able to run cross-country now! I recently started biking and am learning how critical it is to have my asthma controlled. One of the hesitations that many doctors have about salt therapy is that it has not been well studied in a scientific way. There are lots of anecdotal stories of how it helping people. But there is also the potential of it irritating the airways. Since there are no...
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Re: Masked up!

Pljohns ·
I had to look hard to find one that WASN'T skull and cross bones-I had to wear this crazy thing during the day while dressed in a suit! Imagine suit, heels, a construction hat and this mask. I got more than one odd look.
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Re: GSK to Offer Generic Version of Ventolin HFA Albuterol Inhaler

K8sMom2002 ·
Georgianna, the full prescribing information leaflet that GSK linked to in the press release above says this: However, I will note that this looks like they have linked to the brand name Ventolin HFA prescribing leaflet. Since they say that the medication is the same and has the same instructions for use as the Ventolin HFA, I'm assuming that it will be the same with a counter.
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Re: Not sick - and plan to keep it that way!

Kathy P ·
Totally understand that @Martha Anne ! The recirculated air and close proximity to potentially sick people was a huge concern. The mask definitely helped to keep me from touching my face and spreading germs there. I also had packs of wipes and hand sanitizer. I carefully wiped down my personal space - arm rests, back of the seat, tray table - before I sat down. Any time I went to the rest room, I slathered in hand sanitizer. Also wiped down things in the hotel rooms like door handles, TV...
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Re: Can Birch Trees Trigger Food Allergies?

Peter Prakke ·
We can expect an abundance of cross-reactivity of Birch tree pollen, with other trees such as, the alder (Alnus glutinosa) - hazel (Corylus avellana) or hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) are examples, this year because of the changes in our environmental temperatures. Food cross-reactivity of Birch and apples are known, but..... there are many more. See your Dr. or Allergist for up-to-date information. Sue C. Killian wrote an excellent book about allergy and cross-reactivity.
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Re: Report Shows Increase in Childhood Allergy Rates and Severe Allergic Reactions

cherry ·
pollen , dust mites and molds everywhere in the house from bathrooms, kitchen,etc creates havoc to the immune systems. On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 4:22 PM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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Re: Report Shows Increase in Childhood Allergy Rates and Severe Allergic Reactions

Shea ·
The main triggers for my 6 year old son and I are pet dander from cats, dogs, rabbits. By living in a dander-free home, his environmental allergies and eczema are much more under control with no medication. I also do a lot to keep the indoor air quality good-- weekly washing of sheets in hot water, mattresses and pillows in zippered cases, hepa air purifier in room. When I was young, I did not take my pet allergies seriously and they developed into a serious problem. So I think it should be...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

savail ·
I keep finding conflicting recommendations from places online about whether or not those with asthma or other breathing issues should wear a face covering. Normally, my asthma is mostly just set off by mold or the heat (or both, because mold is a real **** when it gets hot and humid outside), but since becoming pregnant, it's just been all around bad and hard to breathe in general. I try to minimize the amount I use my inhaler, but all of the disinfectants in use haven't been helping any,...
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Re: Bachelors Degree After Asthma

Kgblanchard ·
Hi K8SMOM2002! Funny you should mention accommodations in school... I actually did not receive any asthma specific accommodations at school simply because I did not ask for them. And to be honest, I did not even know I was allowed to receive accommodations for having asthma. I am also dyslexic so I received extended time on my math exams, but never did it cross my mind that I could also get accommodations for asthma as well. Can you maybe tell me more? I really would like to go on to get my...
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Re: #Morethanasthma 2019

Tricia H ·
We were watching the blue Angels in Annapolis this was a awesome day for both of us. We both suffer from asthma.
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Re: #Morethanasthma 2019

Melissa G ·
Aaww, great pic! Thanks for sharing! Watching the Blue Angels had to be so much fun!
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Re: 7 Things You Should Know About Oral Allergy Syndrome

BenR ·
The last column isn’t being over lapped by all the boxes . This happens to me when I have mango , pineapple and tomatoes it’s only during certain seasons. I’m allergic to grass , willow tree, ragweed . I’m also allergic to latex which can have cross reactions as well . Such as with the skin of some Mellon’s and avocado .
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

AG ·
He is 4.5. He has had bronchiolitis multiple times. He has never been hospitalized but each bout seems to get a little worse. It also seems to take him longer to recover. Often when I’ve taken him in to the doctor, although he has a lot of mucus, there’s no wheezing. I was rushed to the hospital multiple times as a child with blue lips. This is one of my biggest fears with him. Thankfully we have never experienced this. I’ve been on prednisone many times in the past with respiratory...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Ronl ·
I wouldn’t worry too much he may be at risk but if he has not been hospitalized for it before it may not make thing much worse then if he had no history. I would invest in a pulse oximeter though, they are surprisingly inexpensive. They can make sure he is getting enough oxygen and cut down on unnecessary visits to the doctor.
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How an Action Plan Can Help You Treat Asthma and Allergic Reactions

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May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your asthma and allergies prevent life-threatening emergencies. Make a pact to “ACT” to manage your asthma and allergies: “A” means have an action plan for asthma or anaphylaxis. “C” reminds you to carry emergency medicines and wear a medical ID to alert others of your condition. “T” calls for having a treatment plan that includes when to...
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What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks and Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As we all return to work, school and public places, face coverings and masks have become essential tools in our fight against COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) . But wearing a face covering raises many questions for people with asthma . Why Do We Need to Wear Face Masks or Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Physical distancing (also known as social distancing) helps slow the spread of COVID-19. So why do we need to wear face coverings? Studies have shown many people have COVID-19 and don’t...
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How Do You Identify Your Asthma Inhalers?

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Which of the following ways do you use to refer to your asthma inhaler(s)? Learn more about different types of asthma inhalers and treatments . Share your questions as a comment on this survey or post on the support forum .
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks and Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Larabe ·
The WHO recommendations for types of material for face mask coverings are ill-advised. Have you noticed how many people have pulled their masks down to uncover their noses, or even pulled them down under their chins? It is because they cannot breathe through them. One must use breathable fabrics for a homemade face mask. Fabrics such as cotton, and not polyester or polypropylene. The CDC RECOMMENDS COTTON. On jennifermaker.com, she uses tightly woven quilter’s cotton and heavy duty cotton...
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Hurricane Harvey Highlights Issues People Managing Chronic Conditions Face During Natural Disasters

AAFA Community Services ·
Many of our members in Houston, and the surrounding areas, have been and continue to be affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts go out to them, wishing them safety in the weeks ahead. Hurricane Harvey makes clear the critical requirement to have emergency response in disaster situations address the needs of those on allergen-restricted/special medical diets, as well as those managing asthma throughout this disaster.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

AAFA Community Services ·
Updated 7/16: The 2019 novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is still highly active through the U.S. Read the current recommendations for people with asthma including symptoms, wearing masks and effective disinfecting of surfaces.
 
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