At some point you may have had a reaction to penicillin and were told you were allergic. And there’s a good chance it has stayed in your chart throughout your childhood and into adulthood. But 9 of 10 Americans who think they have a penicillin allergy have either outgrown it or never had it in the first place. That said, it’s important to get tested by an allergist to know if you have a true penicillin allergy so you know whether to avoid the drug.
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.
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...
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.
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...
This post discusses claims that caffeine can be used to treat asthma symptoms. It is part of our “ AAFA Explains ” series looking at complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) aimed at asthma and allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) wants to guide you as you decide between choices that may be “likely safe” or “potentially unsafe.” What is asthma? Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. There is no cure...
Circassia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on respiratory disease, is pleased to announce that Aetna, one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States, has updated its Exhaled Breath Tests Clinical Policy to include the measurement of exhaled nitric oxide as “medically necessary” for the evaluation of asthma and for monitoring the response to long-term control therapy.
Q: Is it common for asthma to develop very suddenly? I am a 30-year-old, Caucasian female and I have had intermittent shortness of breath for 11 months, but have had everyday attacks for the past 3 months. My allergist and pulmonologist are having a hard time managing my asthma.
I have eczema and seasonal allergies. My doctor wants to do a skin test to see if I should get allergy shots. Can I get allergy shots if I have eczema? Does eczema affect the accuracy of allergy skin test results?
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.
By Megan Roberts, Community Engagement Program Manager at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America This post is a follow up to Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma . Paddling is my passion. I’ve raced boats in half of the world’s oceans, Hungary, Italy, Hawaii, Canada, Puerto Rico and all over the United States. I have not, however, ever had the opportunity before 2017 to race in China, the birthplace of the sport of dragon boating more than 2,500 years ago.
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.
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.
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...
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).
Did you know eczema affects adults too? In fact, atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, affects more than 16 million American adults.
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Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for Xolair® (omalizumab) for the treatment of nasal polyps in adult patients 18 years of age and older with inadequate response to intranasal corticosteroids.
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to be inflamed. The most common symptoms of asthma are coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. But there are other diseases that can have the same symptoms of asthma. For your doctor to make the right diagnosis, it is important to know if your airways are inflamed.
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...
Many consider personalized medicine the future of health care, and for good reason. As we learn about patients, genetics and diseases, we see that a standard approach is not the best. The purpose of personalized medicine is to provide custom treatment plans for patients. While customized care can help patients, it also adds challenges due to many factors that influence asthma.
When you lay your head on your pillow at night, all you want to think about is comfort – not millions of dust mites. And if you have a dust mite allergy, having all those microscopic insects near your head can make you uncomfortable by triggering allergy and asthma symptoms. You can create a healthier sleeping environment by using pillows that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®. Or you can cover your existing pillow in a CERTIFIED pillow cover.
On Nov. 8, 2018, from 3-4 p.m. ET, join us for a free interactive video program on eczema. The live session will include interactive polling, real-time question-and-answer session and an expert panel featuring specialists on eczema.
A new over-the-counter device that works with your smartphone will warn you if your asthma is about to flare. The FDA recently approved the device, called Wing. Wing attaches to your smartphone and measures your lung function. Wing has a sensor that monitors your asthma zones. The pocket-sized device includes a mouthpiece. The Wing app collects and analyzes the data from the lung test.
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...
Asthma research methods have been changing during the past several years. Research is more effective when researchers and patients work together to better understand asthma and find new treatments. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we feel your voice is valuable in asthma research. We support efforts to help you be an active part of the future of asthma management and treatments.
There are several types of lung function tests. If your doctor wants to see how sensitive your lungs are, they may have you do a provocation (proh-voh-KA-shun) test. It is also called a challenge or a trigger test.
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes you to have inflammation in your airways. Doctors use lung function tests to see how your lungs function or to see if you have inflammation. Spirometry is one of the most common lung function tests.
Earlier this year, AAFA surveyed members of our community about clinical trials for asthma and allergies. Most people said they would be willing to consider clinical trials. But only 9% of the people said they had been invited to participate in one! Learn what else we found about participation in clinical trials.
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...
If you are on a treatment plan for asthma but the treatment doesn’t seem to be working, you might not have asthma. Or you may need a different type of asthma medicine. If you’ve been misdiagnosed, you might be trying to treat a condition you don’t have – and at the same time possibly ignoring a condition you really have.
October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month . Since your indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, this month is a good time to make sure you are taking the right steps to create healthier air in your home. Your home should be a haven for you and your family. But unfortunately, it may be filled with allergy and asthma triggers that can impact your health. Common allergens found in homes include animal dander , dust mites , pests , pollen and mold . Common irritants found in homes...
Lexi Larabee, who has severe asthma, had bronchial thermoplasty one year ago and shared her experience with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Below, Lexi tells us what her life has been like after the procedure.
Doctors can use a variety of tools and tests to get a good picture of your health. When it comes to asthma, lung function tests are helpful for not only diagnosing asthma, but for monitoring your lung function as well.
Children with uncontrolled asthma in Missouri have a new option to stay healthier. The law that makes this possible will save the state thousands of dollars. We recently spoke with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter, which campaigned for the law, to find out more about it.
Up until 2 weeks ago, I took prednisone only for a cold or flu symptoms . Also I had started on Stiolto 3 months ago, replacing Alvesco and Spiriva. My doctor recommended the change. I should have researched it. I had used Symbicort, then Advair, then Breo all with the same results: quite pronounced chest pains after a few weeks on the new med. The first time resulted in extensive testing, focusing on potential heart problems, but with numerous other tests for physical, chemical, even...
Melissa G Pickleball is a great game. Do you have issues with playing pickleball? Dr doesn’t want to give me more meds because that’s really the only issue I have. Getting a pulmonary function test Friday and dr appointment in Sept. I will push for more meds if it’s still interfering with my game.
I've been going to pulmonologists, ENTs ,Allergists , holistic options , over and over again for 3o years. Asthma just got worse. Chronic cough. Even went to Cleveland Clinic Cough Clinic. Cough would never stop. Tried all drugs prescribed. Did test for gerd twice. DiD Everything and was compliant. Been going to salt suite near me for past 3 weeks- hour and half day and I HEAR the silence of not coughing ALL the time and lungs feel not as tight. No other changes so I'm sticking to it.
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.
Interesting. I have read lots of places that essential oils can be used to reduce mold and dust mites and open airways. I use eucalyptus and tea tree aLOT... I hope I am not causing my asthma problems... I KNOW a lot of candles trigger my asthma, and cleaning chemicals like bleach and chlorine, that is why I look to alternatives with essential oils that I thought were not as harsh but could keep the air free from molds, mites, and other irritants. I do not think I have had problems with...
Thank you Jen!! I am allergic to a variety of tress and grasses that grow in Arkansas. They are year around trees. Pollen, mold and dust peak high for me. My main issues is voiding a flare of Asthma attack. Strong smells, or any above, smoke etc can cause be to have an attack. Not allergic to pet dander.. Yea! I do have a hypo-allergic puppy! Maltice Yorkie Mix.. , Humidity is hard, flowers blooming difficult. We owed a large poultry operation for years. I was out doors all the time.
While I know that I am in the tiny percentage of the population who has a strong negative reaction to the Methacholine Challenge test, I want to offer one caveat. About six years ago, I had chronic cough and my doctor thought I might have asthma so he had me take the Methacholine Challenge test. Taking the test turned my, as yet unknown, asthma into moderate-to-severe persistent asthma. Hope no one else has this experience but it is something to consider.
My child was diagnosed with Cough-Variant asthma at the age of 2. She has been on steroids since then and she is 9 and she is only at 57 lbs. Right now she takes Advair 250/50 two puffs twice a day, singular and a nasal spray. She has had an allergy test completed and everything came back negative. We have to go back to the allergist in October. With her being negative on all 22 test, how do I go about protecting her. When she has a flare-up, we do her normal meds, treatments twice a day,...
Thanks! She just had a sweat test to see if she had cystic fibrosis in addition to her asthma, and we were able to rule it out. They are trying to determine why she can't keep her O2 levels up on her own, and they fall fast for no apparent reason when she is completely fine and active less than an hour beforehand. I hope we find some answers. They said we should have answers in about 2 days (on the phone call - we go in at 11).
Great Valentine's Day Tips! 💖💘💓💌 Yes. Be thoughtful and have a healthy holiday! A book of poetry and a cozy blanket that is safe would be great! A nice mug and a box of herb tea. A sweater that is safe to wear. A pair of slippers is always nice and comforting! For folks that are home bound, how about an adult coloring book and some colored pencils? A nice picture frame that has a picture of you and your sweetie in it! Have a Happy Valentine's Day! 😍
I love those ideas, AAFA and Deb! There are so many cool (non-traditional) gift options out there that can be fun to celebrate and dont bother asthma/allergies: video games, board games, DVDs, or books also make great gifts.
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