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5 Things You May Not Know About Ragweed Pollen Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
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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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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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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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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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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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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How Does Rain Affect Pollen Levels?

AAFA Community Services ·
Long, hot days are great for outdoor activities, but pollen can threaten to keep you indoors if you have pollen allergies and allergic asthma. They may leave you longing for a rain shower to wash the pollen away. But rain causes plant growth, producing more pollen, right? So is rain good for those with allergies or not?
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Protect-A-Bed Partners with AAFA for National Allergy Campaign

AAFA Community Services ·
In a joint effort to educate consumers about bedroom allergies and allergen-reduction solutions, Protect-A-Bed and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) have partnered on a national campaign to raise awareness of household allergens.
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Protect Yourself from Allergens and Asthma Triggers During Hurricane Recovery

AAFA Community Services ·
Even though hurricane season is coming to a close, the people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are still actively cleaning up and rebuilding. If you are in the affected areas and have asthma and allergies, be extra careful during this time. There are many things to consider as you remove debris, clean up flood damage and make repairs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers tips on managing your asthma before, during and after a hurricane or tropical storm . This...
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Protect Yourself From Dust Mites With Asthma and Allergy Friendly Pillows and Pillow Covers

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

Melanie Carver ·
Flowers, candy, perfume and candles may be common gifts for Valentine’s Day. But if you give them to your loved ones with asthma and allergies, you may give them something you didn’t plan on – triggers that cause symptoms. Instead, give non-traditional asthma and allergy friendly gifts.
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Why Healthy Indoor Air Quality Is Important

AAFA Community Services ·
Having good indoor air quality is an important part of living in a healthy home. You can improve your indoor air quality by reducing the sources of allergens and irritants in your home. "We take about 20,000 breaths each day and spend 90% of our time indoors. Now that we are in a global pandemic from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) with stay-at-home orders, this rate of staying indoors has increased. Reducing exposure to substances in the environment around us that trigger allergy and asthma...
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Is Your Home Making You Sick? Why a Healthier Indoor Environment Is Important

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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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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Not All Vacuums Are Equal

AAFA Community Services ·
All vacuums have the same basic purpose: to remove debris like dust, dirt and pet dander from your floors and furniture. But not all vacuums are the same. Some vacuums actually fill your air with the particles and allergens you are trying to remove. If you have asthma and allergies, you need a vacuum that will contain allergens as it removes them to help you keep a healthier indoor environment.
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Odacta Sublingual Extract Approved to Treat Dust Mite Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Odactra, the first allergen extract to be administered under the tongue (sublingually) to treat house dust mite (HDM)-induced nasal inflammation (allergic rhinitis), with or without eye inflammation (conjunctivitis), in people 18 through 65 years of age.
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Re: AAFA Explains: Can Essential Oils Help Asthma?

Allison Skunda ·
This is very interesting and, in terms of allergies and irritated nasal passages, I have read on numerous sites that diluted forms of certain essential oils (very diluted) can actually reduce the dust mite population in the laundry on clothes, on bedding, and even on furniture (versus using a product such as "Endust" which has chemicals). By chance have any essential oil companies (e.g. Do Terra) reached out to have some of their products or essential oils to see (when diluted and safer/not...
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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: AAFA's Blog Named One of Healthline's Best Asthma Blogs of 2019

Kathy P ·
Thanks everyone for your feedback! Lots of great info. @Dawn Graziano - AAFA is continuing to advocate for safer travel. We can hopefully provide an update soon. @ajeet kaur - here is a recent blog about dust mite allergy myths . Included are some tips on reducing your exposure. Is there something specific about quality of life you thinking of? @Deborah Bartlett - AAFA has a page about medicine assistance programs . Thanks for the feedback on wanting more blogs about new treatments. Can you...
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Re: AAFA's Blog Named One of Healthline's Best Asthma Blogs of 2019

Deborah Bartlett ·
Hi Kathy! I had an idea 💡. Maybe, during certain blog posts that may be about certain types of food allergies...such as wheat, beef, eggs, dairy or intolerance to gluten, a recipe or two that would be safe for those particular people to make and consume. Such as a homemade soup...not beef noodle, but chicken noodle. Or substituting soy or chicken or beans for beef in chili. I think people would feel safe and confident to make and consume recipes posted here! Thanks for listening! Debbie 😊
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Re: Are You Controlling Allergens in Your Bedroom?

StuffywithCare ·
If we keep our pillows covered with certified allergen-barrier covers, do they still need to be replaced every two years?
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Re: Are You Controlling Allergens in Your Bedroom?

K8sMom2002 ·
Marcia, that's a great question. I think that the replacement will help other things -- like the structural integrity of the pillow. After two years of sleeping on something like a pillow, it may not be offering you the best night's sleep.
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Re: Are You Controlling Allergens in Your Bedroom?

Deborah Bartlett ·
The bedroom should be kept allergen and asthma trigger free. It may be difficult, but it is important to try! When we are lying down, our breathing problems often worsen. That is why we should have a clean and safe bedroom. We do need to get a good night of rest!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Jo in Houston ·
Good graphic; I am a graphic designer, myself. :-) The article is concise and relatively thorough - even my CP specialist's secretary did not know to leave the bathroom fan on after showering! I use a 3-stage air filter in my bedroom, I wash the bedding weekly in hot water, as well as the bath towels from the en suite. I treat the tub and toilet with well-diluted apple cider vinegar or another non-toxic antibacterial frequently, running the exhaust fan (no window) and wearing a mask and...
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Re: Allergy Awareness: Dust Mites May Be the Most Common Triggers of Year-Round Asthma and Allergies

SFMG ·
Dust mites and mold are a big problem for me when traveling, especially in Europe, so I travel with a large plastic drop sheet (the light type painters use) to wrap around a hotel mattress if it looks as if it might harbor dust mites, and have an inflatable pillow. It is very stressful to always be on the alert for asthma and allergy triggers. Too many times have I stayed in a hotel and ended up spending the night in the bathroom because the AC filter had not been changed in aeons and it was...
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Re: Odacta Sublingual Extract Approved to Treat Dust Mite Allergy

Serene ·
Thank goodness. Now hopefully we will get it soon, and that it will be afforable. I couldn't do the shots, so hopefully this will be different.
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Re: Odacta Sublingual Extract Approved to Treat Dust Mite Allergy

K8sMom2002 ·
I do hope it will help you and other folks who have to battle dust mite allergies!
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Re: Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

Deborah Bartlett ·
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! 😍
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Re: Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

Shea ·
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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Re: Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

Deborah Bartlett ·
Thanks, Shea! ☺ You have some wonderful gift ideas! It just takes a little thought....
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Re: Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

JenniePV ·
This ideas are great for any holiday or at any time you want to get a gift for a loved one. Thanks.
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Re: Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

Melissa G ·
Welcome to the AAFA forums, JenniePV! You are right, these are great gift ideas for any time.
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

degende ·
Hello, Thank you very much for addressing this. In Germany a public figure adviced for Asthma patients to check with their doctors, if they better switch their medication to non-corticoid. That leaves me in limbo, because I inhale Viani Mite 50/100 (Salmeterol&Fluticasonpropionat) once every morning. I could switch to a Ventolin or similar (just Salmeterol) it would be ok, but not as thorough as the Viani Mite. Isn’t there any data about simply the percentage of asthma patients amongst...
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Re: Protect Yourself From Dust Mites With Asthma and Allergy Friendly Pillows and Pillow Covers

Shea ·
I just ordered a new mattress encasement (zippered) and 2 pillow encasements from AAFA's list here-- my old-one's zipper broke (it was not one from aafa's list and it was kinda cheap and had a plastic-y feel and was tough to clean) so that is why this time I wanted an AAFA certified one. I cant wait for it to come!
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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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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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