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?
We hosted a free educational webinar featuring guest speakers David Stukus, MD, and Michael Pistiner, MD on the Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) site. KFA is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The presentation below answers common questions about how your allergist can help with back-to-school planning.
The latest research shows that there is no evidence of infection from allergy shots, also known as allergen immunotherapy. The threat of infection is one of the reasons cited in a proposal to restrict your access to allergy shots . In this study, researchers looked at the records of more than 3,000 patients from two large Massachusetts hospitals. The data spanned 10 years. Patients received over 130,000 shots. During that time, guess how many infections researchers traced back to the allergy...
Welcome to our first monthly advocacy update. My name is Jenna Riemenschneider, Director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). I'm pictured above with Mark Vieth, Senior Vice President at Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, at a meeting with Airlines for America.
Through this monthly blog series, I will update you on our advocacy efforts. We have already had a busy fall. This first post will include our September and October activity.
If you have asthma or allergies, coordinated care is important. However, what is "coordinated care?" Two or more people organize coordinated care. That could mean a doctor and patient, or multiple health care providers, the patient and family members. It helps you get the right care at the right time. Coordinated care helps keep you healthy, especially if you have one of these challenges: Older Americans with asthma may be more likely to have other chronic conditions. Seniors may have...
If you have asthma or allergies, you don’t have to decorate your yard with stones and concrete. There are many plants you can use in your home garden that won’t affect your allergies. You can choose from several flowers, shrubs, trees and more.
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Join us as we raise awareness about asthma and allergies. More than 25 million people in the U.S. with asthma. Ten people die every day from asthma. But with the right education and treatment, the deaths are preventable. Together, we can educate others about the seriousness of asthma.
Recently, we asked you to tell us what you know about pneumococcal [noo-muh-kok-uhl] disease. The results are in. Even though about 50,000 people die each year from pneumococcal disease, only 50 percent of survey respondents know what it is. Only 29 percent know if they have gotten the vaccine.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ProAir ® Digihaler™ (albuterol sulfate 117 mcg) inhalation powder, the first and only digital inhaler with built-in sensors which connects to a companion mobile application and provides inhaler use information to people with asthma and COPD. Learn more.
QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is now available to patients by prescription! It is the first and only breath-actuated inhaled corticosteroid for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients ages 4 and older. QVAR® RediHaler™ is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) conducted the My Life With Asthma survey to highlight the challenges people with asthma, especially severe asthma, face. We found that people with asthma have concerns beyond their physical health. Many deal with fear and worry.
Earlier this year, we asked you to tell us about your life with asthma in our My Life With Asthma online survey. Your responses gave us insight into your unique experiences with asthma.
Asthma is a chronic condition that can be different for each person. This means there is no “one size fits all” approach to managing asthma. Many people manage it well with the right treatment. But 5 to 10 percent have trouble even on maximum treatment. These people have severe asthma.
It’s time for a new school year, which means it’s time to make sure you have everything in place to help your child with asthma have a safe and successful year. As you gather book bags, lunch boxes and supplies for the new school year, check out these resources from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). We have helpful forms, free downloads and information on keeping your child healthy.
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . During this month, our community seeks to raise greater awareness with family, friends, coworkers and others about what it is like to live with asthma and allergies. It’s also a good time to engage with your elected officials in Congress about several pieces of legislation that improve access to asthma and allergy treatments and medicines, and protect the rights of our patient community. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)...
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...
Some people are hesitant to participate in research. This may be because of fear of the unknown or from past stories. But today, patients have rights to protect them during research studies. Before you join a study, you will asked to sign an informed consent document.
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.
Walgreens and kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, are working together to improve access to epinephrine auto-injectors by making kaléo’s AUVI-Q® 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg available through Walgreens locations nationwide. This comes in an effort to help thousands of Americans with their epinephrine needs during the back to school season, as supply issues have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by other manufacturers.
FDA is alerting patients, caregivers and health care professionals that the labels attached to some EpiPen 0.3mg and EpiPen Jr 0.15mg auto-injectors, and the authorized generic versions, may block access to the auto-injector and prevent the ability to easily access the product.
To understand asthma , a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, it helps to first know how your airways work. Watch on YouTube How Do Normal Airways Work? When we breathe in, air moves through our airways – from our nose or mouth, down a large hollow tube in the front of the neck called a windpipe or trachea – and into our lungs. The trachea divides into two tubes called bronchial [bron-KEE-uhl] tubes in the lungs. They look like upside-down trees. As the bronchial...
Biologics are targeted therapies made from living organisms or natural sources. Biologic therapy involves injections every few weeks or so that are tailored to the individual. Biologics help normalize your immune system by controlling immune responses that lead to inflammation. There are biologic treatments available for people with moderate-to-severe asthma or atopic dermatitis (eczema).
Keeping your asthma under control is a key part of staying healthy. Avoiding asthma triggers to prevent symptoms is important. So is carrying a quick-relief (rescue) inhaler everywhere you go. Long-term control medicines that you take every day help you prevent and control asthma symptoms. But asthma medicine can be expensive, whether or not you have insurance. If multiple members of your family have asthma, the cost is even greater. Your house may be stocked with different kinds of inhalers...
Asthma is one of the most common medical problems that occurs during pregnancy. It can potentially be serious. Some studies have suggested that asthma complicates up to 7% of all pregnancies. About 30% of all women with asthma report their asthma worsened while pregnant. But with the right treatment and care, you and your baby can have a good outcome. Visit Living With Asthma: Asthma During Pregnancy to find out more about: asthma complications during pregnancy changes in asthma severity the...
If you have health insurance through Medicare, coverage for medicines is not automatic – you must sign up for a Medicare Part D plan. Here is what you need to know to enroll before the Dec. 7 deadline.
School is a common place for children to experience anaphylaxis – a serious allergic reaction. But the Weatherford Independent School District in Texas recently took a step backward. They created a policy that guides staff to give Benadryl® for severe allergic reactions, instead of unassigned stock epinephrine. But this goes against medical evidence.
I am very honored to have been chosen by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to be one of their featured interviews to help kick off National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Please join me and thousands of others to raise awareness for asthma and help educate those around us who don’t live with the disease. The more we all understand it and are mindful of the people around us with this invisible disability, the better off we all will be.
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.
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.
On May 7, 2019, World Asthma Day, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its 2019 Asthma Capitals Report™. This report ranks the top 100 most challenging places in America to live with asthma.
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...
Asthma is a chronic lung disease where the airways are inflamed. For many people, asthma can be controlled with medicines and avoiding triggers. But severe asthma is not that simple. How do you know if you have severe asthma?
Clearly, I’ve lost my mind! I’ve committed to train for and participate in a half century (50-mile) bike ride. That’s not the crazy part. I have asthma and it frequently becomes a factor in what I do. Will I be able to keep my exercise induced asthma under control so it will allow me to even train for this ride?
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.
As Nancy Gomez knows, managing a child’s severe asthma can take a big toll on a parent’s time, finances and emotions. Nancy’s 10-year-old son, Oziel, has had asthma and allergies since he was a baby. Today Oziel has environmental allergies to pollen, animals, dust, smoke and more. His allergies, exercise and cold weather all trigger his asthma. On top of this, Oziel also has life-threatening food allergies. And he is autistic. Managing all of this is a constant challenge.
For people with severe asthma, medicines may not help keep their asthma under control. A procedure called bronchial thermoplasty may offer relief, reducing asthma episodes or attacks in people with severe asthma.
Lexi Larabee, who has severe asthma, is currently undergoing bronchial thermoplasty. Lexi shares her experience in her own words.
Since he was a baby, Devin Bush of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has dealt with asthma, food allergies, eczema and pollen allergies. Through the years with the help of his mom, Tracy Bush, he has had to learn how to transition from reliance to self-management.
Asthma and allergies affect more than 60 million Americans. Allergic disease, which includes asthma, is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. They can impact you socially, emotionally and financially. But asthma and allergies don't have to define you. But working with your doctor and following your treatment plan, you can thrive and do many of the things you enjoy doing.
[Press Release] Mylan Launches the First Generic for EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector as an Authorized Generic Authorized Generic Offered at More Than 50% Below Wholesale Acquisition Cost of EpiPen Auto-Injector HERTFORDSHIRE, England and PITTSBURGH, Dec. 16, 2016 / PRNewswire / -- Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) today announced the launch of the authorized generic for EpiPen ® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector at a wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of $300 per...
Four years ago, Deborah Bartlett of New Haven, Connecticut (overall #11 on Asthma Capitals), was diagnosed with severe persistent asthma. Combined with her pollen and mold allergies, as well as COPD, breathing can be a real challenge.
Although about 10 percent of school-aged children in the United States have asthma, there are few comprehensive U.S. guidelines for treating pediatric asthma. The Pediatric Asthma Yardstick, a new guideline from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), offers a user-friendly “operational document”. It helps health care professionals understand which controller treatments are right for which age groups and identifies when a step up is needed.
QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol will become available by prescription on February 12, 2018. QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol will no longer be available to patients.
If you think only infants suffer from eczema, think again. The uncomfortable, itchy rash that most people relate to babies and young children occurs frequently in adults. Although many adults with atopic dermatitis (commonly known as eczema) develop the disease in childhood and carry it through life, a large number are first diagnosed in adulthood – a trend being discussed at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting.
On June 13, 2017, the Coalition for Asthma-Free Homes gathered on the steps of New York’s City Hall to encourage legislators to pass the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B) . Area residents, medical experts and environmental advocates joined them. Heidi Bayer, Chairman of the Board for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, was also there. This bill would help reduce indoor allergens in rented homes that can trigger asthma symptoms . Landlords would be required to inspect homes for...
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