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AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

AAFA Community Services ·
Notice any small cats and dogs riding the rails on Amtrak recently? One of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Facebook fans did. The person told us about a recent policy change, writing: This obviously poses a huge health risk to children and adults with pet allergies, some of which may be severe or even life-threatening. Amtrak isn't even reserving a single car to be designated as pet-free, not even the quiet car. Would the AAFA be willing to send a letter to Amtrak illustrating...
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AAFA Meets With DOT Alongside Other Disability Advocacy Groups to Discuss Service Animal Regulations for Airlines

AAFA Community Services ·
Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) met with the Department of Transportation alongside several disability advocacy groups. We discussed service animal regulations and the impact of growing numbers of emotional support animals on airlines. We shared how difficult it is to travel when you have asthma and/or pet dander allergy. We’re working together to ensure people are treated fairly when it comes to disability accommodations—and not privileging one disability type over another.
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Asthma and Allergy Friendly Holiday Gifts for 2015

AAFA Community Services ·
Look for this mark on a package, so you know that product is scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.
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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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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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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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First Grader with Severe Asthma Runs Marathon One Step at a Time

AAFA Community Services ·
Luke Bilbo has severe asthma. But he also has a lot of determination. Enough determination to run a marathon. In Luke’s seven short years, he’s already been in the hospital more times than anyone can count. In kindergarten, he missed 54 days of school. When he did go to school, he had to wear a mask to protect him from germs and asthma triggers . He also had a spot on his lungs that only went away after a long treatment. The last thing his mother, Amanda Bilbo, thought he would do is run...
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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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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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Managing Your Indoor Allergies During the Winter

AAFA Community Services ·
If you’re having allergy symptoms during winter, the likely culprit is indoor allergies. The top indoor allergy triggers are dust mites, pet dander and mold.
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New Eczema Drug Dupixent Approved by FDA

AAFA Community Services ·
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Dupixent (dupilumab) injection to treat adults with moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis). Dupixent is intended for patients whose eczema is not controlled adequately by topical therapies, or those for whom topical therapies are not advisable. Dupixent can be used with or without topical corticosteroids.
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

Saphiregirl ·
I personally have a hard time with people bringing their "service animals" into the grocery store. What about public health standards for the rest of us? And I agree, that there should be an area on planes, trains and buses for those of us who need a pet free space. Cat dander, dog fur, dog smells etc. are all an irritant to someone with asthma and allergies. Even after the pets leave their evidence remains long after.
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Re: New Eczema Drug Dupixent Approved by FDA

OneWoman ·
I was just wondering if anyone has any knowledge or experience with Dupixent and Dyshidrotic Eczema? I have had it for almost 2 years now. I have tried everything I know to do, as well as Rx creams from my Dr., and nothing helps...not even a little. The skin on my hands (back, front, sides, all fingers- sides, top, bottom) is so thick and itches so bad all the time. The only way I can relieve the itching is by popping the blisters. I'm about to go insane. I don't know what to do. The subject...
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Re: New Eczema Drug Dupixent Approved by FDA

Kathy P ·
Welcome One Woman. I don't know that it has been approved for dyshidrotic eczema, but it's worth talking to the doctor. Have you figured out any triggers that make it worse?
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Re: My boy:)

Kathy P ·
Aw...so cute! What kind of dog is he?
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Re: National Healthy Schools Day Highlights the Need for Better School Environments for Children with Asthma

Ironmom316 ·
Ay my kid's school, one of the teachers brings in her dog. I am irate-not a care for anyone there with a pet allergy.
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Re: Babies With A Dog in the Home May Have a Lower Risk of Asthma and Eczema

Marie E Natzke ·
My parents had a dog for a couple years before I was even born. As soon as I was brought home I started to show signs of allergies. Allergic to milk was the first one .By the time I was 3 years I was having asthma flared and had a severe attack that kept me in the hospital for about a week. The only thing that helped me was removing the pet from the home.
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Re: New Eczema Drug Dupixent Approved by FDA

Jen ·
@OneWoman What did your doctor have to say about Dupixent?
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Re: New Eczema Drug Dupixent Approved by FDA

OneWoman ·
@Jen would you know I had an appt with her last week, and I completely spaced this med out. I did talk to her about my eczema, and she did prescribe me a steroid cream (again), but, I forgot to ask about Dupixent. Rats! Not sure when I'll be going in to see her again, either...
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Re: New Eczema Drug Dupixent Approved by FDA

Jen ·
Do you feel like the steroid cream is helping?
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Re: Early Exposure to Pet and Pest Allergens Could Reduce Asthma Risk

Marie E Natzke ·
I've heard that said many times. But my parents had a dog for a few years before I was born and that did not keep me from being allergic to animals nor did it prevent me from developing asthma. It wasn't until they removed the pet from the home did my allergies improve and the asthma attacks stopped happening. At the age of 50 I unknlowlingly came in contact with a dog and had a bad asthma attack. Since then my allergies have not calmed down.
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

805Native ·
I just want to thank the AAFA for their advocacy regarding the pet dander issue. I have allergic asthma and highly allergic to cat, dog, and horse dander. So much so, that my immunologist prescribed me an EpiPen after my allergy test results were revealed. Also, a few years ago, after being exposed in an airplane cabin to a dog that was shaking and being bounced around on someone's lap, I had to stop flying to the East Coast to avoid the dog dander allergen that triggers my asthma.
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Re: AAFA Meets With DOT to Advocate for Equal Rights for People With Asthma and Allergies on Planes

805Native ·
Wow, I was quite surprised and over joyed to have an advocate for those of us who have allergic asthma triggered by dog and other pet dander. Traveling has become quite difficult the last several years due to the direct contact with allergens that trigger sinus infections and asthma. Thank you so much.
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Re: AAFA Meets With DOT to Advocate for Equal Rights for People With Asthma and Allergies on Planes

805Native ·
Me too, been unable to fly from the west coast to the east coast since I had a terrible allergy/asthma attack on a plane flight in 2011. The attack was triggered by a dog (dander) in the cabin that was near the on board restroom I has to use.
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Re: Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

lori1022 ·
This is why companies of a business for mass people I have said like hotels Uber Lyft Taxi Planes This is example about Uber's (Btw nothing against this guy so don't every want these people to get introubke and Amit not just them it's tooons of people, there needs to be law for boundary about air and containimant air in public spaces aka place of business) These places are not pet stores. This puppy is sooooo cute and sweet but that is why it is ignored But I see and cannot filter my Uber...
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Re: Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

Shea ·
Yes, Dawn is right. I know it seems easier to claim distance will help but dog dander is sooooo airborne and light and accumulates. I wouldn't be able to go on a plane with a dog on board.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

LAC ·
Kenneth, It is not sufficient nor helpful for a person with life-threatening and severe dander-sensitive asthma and allergies to merely be moved to a different part of the plane from a dog or other animal. This is no more effective or helpful than moving to another part of a plane away from a person smoking a cigarette. Dander permeates the air and is deadly from any distance. AAFA needs to be advocating aggressively and vehement for our ADA-protected rights. We need access to dander-free...
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

LAC ·
My heart also goes out to all the people who can't fly and go into public buildings; the child forced to deplane while adults cheered and jeered at him; the people dragged off planes or forced off planes because dogs are being put before people with asthma, allergies, autism, dog phobias and OCD. We need the federal service dog law to be tighter, with state registries, to not only protect people with legitimate service dogs, such as blind people, but to end this trend of everyone thinking...
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Re: World Allergy Week Highlights the Agony of Chronic Hives

Shea ·
Touching a dog or cat--or even being near a cat outside-- causes my skin to break out in hives and worsens many asthma. There is dander in places I am unaware of, and exposed skin on my chest is typically always irritated. I wish people would stop bringing their dogs into stores, it is very stressful for me as is, but when I have to wait in line with a person with an animal I am highly allergic to... Honestly, I leave the store. And it ius not fair because I need to grocery shop, and it ius...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

rferrigno ·
We live in a house built in 1924. We can't open our windows because the weights in the windows are gone and the windows drop without warning. In addition, the previous owners had large dogs and we can't get our ducts cleaned because the duct work has encased asbestos tape and the HVAC people won't cut through it. So we can't clean the dog hair out of the vents.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

SCN ·
5 Kids, a hypoallergenic dog, and myself ALL suffer year round allergies, and a few of us have asthma. We have gone through the tips to make our house "allergy friendly" and clean/vacuum regularly. Yet, we still suffer. About to start immunotherapy for us all. It seems like an endless battle.
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Re: Babies With A Dog in the Home May Have a Lower Risk of Asthma and Eczema

Teri G ·
this has not proven to be true in our home. We had a dog since before my daughter (asthmatic) was born, and when she was tested for many types of airborne allergies, dogs were the ONLY thing that came back red flagged! Shows the research changes all the time in what they tell you. Be careful telling people this info! Could do more harm than good!
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Re: Willing to tackle the hard days!

dylanco ·
I hate my dependence on drugs too, though I've found that foods seem to affect my sinus allergy symptoms the most (even more than my allergens -- dog, cat, mites, cockroaches, mold, junipers). I do not have food allergies. Have you found that diet changes your need for drugs? I am pretty stable on just 2 daily OTC meds, down from 5 total, including 3 prescriptions, by better monitoring and controlling my diet.
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Re: Should You Have Pets If You Have a Pet Allergy?

Shea ·
No. You shouldn't. It is basically abuse to the allergic person. I have been the allergic person and it got so bad that after chronic exposure even doing all the strategies above and with antihistamines I developed asthma symtoms and shortly after went to the hospital because I thought I was having an asthma atrack turns out it was a heart attack caused by allergic blood cells called eosinophils surrounding my heart and choking it. I was diagnosed with a severe chronic allergic disease. My...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

Ann Barbiero ·
Since when do pets take precedence over the health of humans? This is discrimination and is illegal. The Americans with Disabilities Act needs to be revised to address this discriminatory situation. Persons advocating for persons with asthma &/or allergies should call and/or write to: Civil Rights Division of US Dept of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530 USA, phone: 1-202-514-4609 and give them your story/case (asthma and/or allergy situation). Important to stress...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

Ann Barbiero ·
Kathy P - Please feel free to use my comments below. I am being excluded, which is discriminatory and illegal, by being unable to travel on trains, planes and unable to go to airline terminals, hotels/motels, buildings, hospitals, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. because I cannot be where dog/pets have been in the past year due to my allergy to dog/pet dander. This is a direct threat to my health by limiting my major life activity of breathing due to forcing me, in these enclosed areas, to...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
I am working in my state to get a bill introduced on behalf of those of us with life-threatening asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis in regards to this ubiquitous problem of fake service pets, "emotional support" dogs and just general entitlement of pet owners bringing pets into nearly every public building and store. Those of us with dander-sensitive disabilities have been suffering in silence, are being pushed out of our communities and have been ignored, treated rudely and unheard while the...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

SheridanCN1 ·
Definitely interested! There is an enormous amount of misinformation being disseminated about animal dander allergies, and appropriate treatment for asthma and allergies. There is a lot of work that can and should be done to help people understand the facts and the fair treatment of persons affected by these conditions.
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

805Native ·
I contacted Amtrak through their website with an electronic message option in October 2018. I received no reply when I inquired about how they are accommodating passengers with dog/cat allergies and allergy induced asthma. It appears that the travel industry as a whole is putting profits before public health and safety. Also, I don't understand why the travel industry is not subject to make accommodations for a breathing disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. I had an allergic...
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LAC ·
I haven't been able to fly since 2011. I contacted the ACLU and they declined to take on the issue of pets being allowed on planes and trains without even the ADA standards in place to protect those of us with dander-sensitive asthma and allergies. It is very unjust how profits are being put before life and death health issues.
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LAC ·
The bill in my state passed in the House Committee. If it is voted to pass in the House, it will move to the Senate. It is a long process, but you have to begin by contacting your local House of Representatives rep for your area. Explain to him or her why a bill in your state is needed and ask him or her to look at examples of other states who are tightening up on the misrepresentation of pets as "service animals".
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LAC ·
Unfortunately, the American Civil Liberties Union will not intervene in this matter with public transportation. The number you provided is a great course of action as is local state action.
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

MG ·
I totally agree with you. The problem is becoming out of control. I have tried reaching out to both the federal and state government to have action taken to revise ADA or put laws into place protecting those with animal allergies. I'm told that the issues aren't "on their agendas". I've been told that I need to make a groundswell to get the government to listen. Any ideas would be welcome. The Department of Justice wasn't very helpful, telling me to take up my issues with my state...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

MG ·
My state passed a bill making it a misdemeanor to misrepresent a pet as a service animal. Unfortunately, the law is nearly impossible to enforce since there are so many limitations on what can be asked to prove the animal is a service animal. Most businesses don't know the laws so they don't bother to ask. Many people continue to lie if they are asked because they know they don't have to provide any proof. I have requested to my State representatives that the ADA be strengthened so that...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

Saphiregirl ·
Since a pitbull attacked a child in an airport recently in my state, and the airline said the person presented a letter that was not verified as their proof of the animal being a "service animal", I am terrified of these dogs. I encountered a pitbull in a grocery store several months ago, and the owner knew he was not supposed to have the dog in the store. However, since there was no checker or security around, he took advantage of the opportunity to let his pitbull accompany him on his...
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MG ·
I share your frustration. I have been asking the federal government to strengthening the ADA so that there is some oversight. When it was enacted years ago, there were fewer conditions which used service dogs. The number of conditions covered has grown dramatically and the abuse of the law has spiraled out of control. There is no scientific evidence that some of these conditions are helped by service dogs, and there is no regulation of organizations which claim to train service dogs to work...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
The problem is that AAFA is not aggressively fighting this problem of pet dogs and emotional support pets in public buildings without let up. They need to make this a prominent focal point of allergy and asthma prevention. This is perhaps the primary health risk to people with dander-sensitive asthma and allergies, yet it is virtually ignored publicly by AAFA and other so-called health support programs!
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MG ·
I agree that there needs to be more emphasis on animal allergies. I have asked the president of the AAFA, Kenny Mendez, for more aid in battling the onslaught of animals in public places. I have been told by the AAFA that they have limited resources, and food allergies have taken precedence. I am concerned now that service dogs are being trained to detect food allergens, basically pitting one allergy group against another. If others on this board speak directly to the president of the AAFA...
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LAC ·
I spoke with a representative at AAFA in December 2018. Although she said that AAFA has brought the perspectives of people with dander-sensitive disabilities to the Department of Transportation (DOT) (because the airline industry doesn't have to honor our ADA rights), AAFA does not, from what I can locate, seem to be doing any serious, aggressive public campaigns on our behalf. You are correct that AAFA seems to be primarily focused on food allergies; they also hide behind arbitrary "air...
 
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