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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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38 Products Get CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®

AAFA Community Services ·
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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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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3 Ways to Keep Spring Celebrations Asthma and Allergy Friendly

AAFA Community Services ·
3 Ways to Keep Spring Celebrations Asthma and Allergy Friendly
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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 Ways to Show Your #TealLove to Someone With Asthma or Allergies This Valentine's Day

AAFA Community Services ·
Valentine's Day is the time of year when you show your loved ones how much they mean to you. However, many typical gifts and activities can be asthma or allergy triggers. #TealLove means choosing gifts that are allergy and asthma friendly.
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A Higher Education in Self-Management: Sending Your Teen With Asthma to College

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has created a series of videos for teens with asthma who will be starting college or are in their first year. Each animated video is short and easy to understand.
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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 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 Explains: Allergy Shots—Fighting the Cause of Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
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 Herbal Supplements Help My Nasal Allergies?

AAFA Community Services ·
When new drugs and medical procedures are developed, they go through rigorous scientific study. Complementary Alternative Medicine treatments usually do not go through the same type of research. As a result, whether it works (called efficacy) is unproven for most treatments. Most herbal remedies for rhinitis fall into that category.
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Plea to the Department of Health and Human Services: People With Allergies Need Access to Epinephrine Now

AAFA Community Services ·
Manufacturing and insurance issues have made it hard for many members of our community to fill their prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors in recent months. But the drug epinephrine itself is not in short supply. This has become a serious concern for families of children with life-threatening food allergies. When families who manage food allergies are in fear for their children's lives because they can't get the medicine they need, our system is broken.
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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 Names 15 States to 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools

AAFA Community Services ·
The 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR) report identifies states that make it a priority to create healthy school settings for students with asthma and allergies. This annual report lists states with comprehensive laws and policies aimed at keeping children with asthma and allergies healthy at school.
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AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program Celebrates 10 Successful Years

AAFA Community Services ·
This spring allergy season marks the 10th anniversary of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. The 60 million Americans with asthma and allergies have learned to trust certified consumer products and services when they see the Certification Mark on a product label. Certified products and services have been tested against strict scientific standards and shown to be suitable for families with asthma o
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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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AAFA St. Louis’ RESCUE® Program Keeps Kids with Asthma in Class

AAFA Community Services ·
What happens when a child has an asthma attack while at school? If they’re lucky, they have asthma rescue medication at school that they can use. Unfortunately, many students do not. For these unlucky students, an asthma attack often means making a trip to the hospital or going home. Why don’t all students who need it have this medication at school? Sometimes they do not have a prescription for it. Other times the problem is money: their parents cannot afford to buy the medicine. Getting a...
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AAFA Tackles Childhood Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma and allergies impact one in five children in the United States. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) exhibited at the 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference to learn the latest news in pediatrics and to talk to health care providers about the programs and services we offer.
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AAFA Urges Inclusion of Patient Voice in Analysis of Costly New Asthma Drugs

AAFA Community Services ·
Biologics are a new class of drugs that fight disease at the source . Instead of attacking symptoms, these drugs target diseases like asthma at a molecular level. These newer types of drugs are more expensive than older medicines. That is prompting public discussion on how to pay for them. The cost of caring for patients with the most severe forms of asthma represents a majority of asthma healthcare spending. In addition, asthma is a leading cause of missed time from work and school. Last...
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Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

AAFA Community Services ·
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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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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Alert: FDA Requests Removal of All Ranitidine Products (Zantac) From the Market

AAFA Community Services ·
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it is requesting manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. This is the latest step in an ongoing investigation of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (commonly known by the brand name Zantac). The agency has determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperature
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Are You Controlling Allergens in Your Bedroom?

AAFA Community Services ·
We spend approximately one-third of our time in the bedroom. Dust mites and mold – both of which are common indoor allergens – thrive in furniture, carpets and bedding. They love moisture! You can reduce these allergens by taking some simple steps, including regular cleaning and using CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products.
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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Announces Free Online Course for Asthma Patients

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) with support provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created and launched the Asthma Symptoms, Treatment, Health Management and Activities™ (ASTHMA) Care for Adults program to help patients manage asthma and improve their health. The program covers a full range of topics someone with asthma needs to know.
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Asthma and Allergy Friendly Gift Guide for 2017

AAFA Community Services ·
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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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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Asthma and Allergy To-Do List Before School Ends for Summer Break

AAFA Community Services ·
Around the U.S., the school year is almost over! If you have a child with asthma or allergies, add these to your end-of-year to-do list.
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Asthma Is No Match for Eden’s Winning Attitude

AAFA Community Services ·
Congratulations to PinkLadyCha , the week 2 winner of our #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies contest ! Her pictures of her daughter Eden remind us that asthma flareups can strike at any time. But keeping a positive attitude can help you face those tough moments. Eden and her mom will admit that dealing with asthma isn't easy. It can be an emotional and frustrating disease. Her mom describes how hard it can be to watch asthma hold your child back from doing what they love. But they know that...
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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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Bedroom Hygiene Is Crucial for Healthy Sleep Hygiene

AAFA Community Services ·
Frequent sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness are the most telling signs of poor sleep hygiene according to the National Sleep Foundation. Sleep disturbances are commonly reported by people with asthma, eczema and allergies.
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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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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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Breathing Wildfire Smoke Puts Kids and People at Risk

AAFA Community Services ·
As the California wildfires rage, the San Francisco Bay Area is seeing some of the worst air quality ever recorded in the area. If you are in the affected area, take precautions to protect you and your family from the poor air quality . Smoke in the air can contain tiny particles that can get into your lungs and irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Poor air quality can worsen asthma symptoms . Children and those with respiratory disease are at high risk for asthma episodes when the...
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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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Can Insulation Affect Your Asthma and Allergies?

AAFA Community Services ·
This content is sponsored While insulation may not be the first thing on your mind when making your home healthy for your family, it can make a huge impact for people with allergies. One of the biggest indoor allergens is mold , which can affect people year round if it is found inside of the home. When choosing an insulation, it is important to find one that is mold and mildew-resistant. Many products claim to be better for people with asthma and allergies, so it’s sometimes hard to know if...
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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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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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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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Do You Have an Asthma-Friendly Home?

AAFA Community Services ·
Following the steps in our checklist can go far to help everyone in your home manage asthma better.
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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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Early Exposure to Pet and Pest Allergens Could Reduce Asthma Risk

AAFA Community Services ·
More than 8 percent of children in the U.S. currently have asthma. Did you know early exposure to some allergens may reduce a child’s asthma risk?
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Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Triggers From Schools to Support National Healthy Schools Day

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is the main reason why children miss school. In fact, children in the U.S. miss about 13.8 million school days each year due to asthma. Missing school can affect many children's grades and well-being. Controlling asthma triggers at home can help reduce asthma symptoms. But what about at school? If kids are exposed to triggers at school, managing asthma at home will be a losing battle. Children are the most affected by air pollution and poor indoor air quality. The Asthma and Allergy...
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Emren and His Pig Can #TackleAsthma

AAFA Community Services ·
We are pleased to announce that Emren and his mom Ashley are the third winners of our #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies photo contest ! Emren, who has asthma and food allergies, likes to carry his stuffed pig everywhere he goes. He also knows he must always carry his emergency medicines. So whenever he leaves the house, his pig and his emergency medicines go with him. Even though he’s only 3 years old, Emren leads by example. He reminds us all how important it is to always have your...
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Erin Tackles Severe Asthma to Finish Graduate School and Become Decorated Athlete

AAFA Community Services ·
Erin M is our first #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies photo contest winner. Her photo shows asthma doesn’t have keep you from sports and activities you love.
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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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Family Removed from Plane After Boy’s Allergic Reaction to Dog

AAFA Community Services ·
Be kind. Be nice. That is the message that a father with terminal cancer gives when he and his family are removed from a plane after his young son has an allergic reaction to a dog.
 
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