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FDA Approves Generic of Proventil HFA Albuterol Inhaler to Meet Demand Due to COVID-19

AAFA Community Services ·
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first generic of Proventil HFA (albuterol sulfate) Metered Dose Inhaler, 90 mcg/Inhalation, for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in patients four years of age and older who have reversible obstructive airway disease, as well as the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm in this age group.
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Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

AAFA Community Services ·
With the current spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and around the world, many people with asthma wonder how it would affect them if they got the illness. There is a lot we still don't know about this illness. Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) Medical Scientific Council, wrote this article for our blog about what we do know at this time. There have been many questions about how having asthma affects your risk of getting...
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Ecabello ·
Thank you for this information. My son is 16 years old. He takes Breo. These are scary times, and more when I heard people saying it won't affect you. It will affect just with people with other medical conditions as Ashma. My question now will be, is he needs to change his medicine to another? Breo has corticosteroi.
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Kathy P ·
Hi Escabello - Dr. Grayson stated above that there is no known risk of poor outcome from taking corticosteroids. There is more risk if your asthma is not well controlled. For that reason, the recommendation is to continue taking your asthma medicine and if you have concerns, talk to your son's doctor.
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SteveAltman ·
Hi, I'm curious about these statements about corticosteroids. I have a mild/intermittent case of asthma and sometimes I take Wixela ( Fluticasone and Salmeterol Inhalation Powder), though I'm not sure it does anything. My concern is the fact that "viral respiratory infections" are listed as a "common" side effect of using this medicine. I mentioned this to my health care provider when we were discussing the coronavirus and his response was "if you're worried about it, don't use it." So my...
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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: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Marcia Z Ball ·
I really need to hear what other people are using for hand soap and lotion, my hands are so sore, they are cracking and bleeding. Thanks
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Kathy P ·
Hi Marcia - I'm using the mild dish soap that I have at my kitchen sink. I know that doesn't bother my hands too much. Do you have an eczema care plan that you've used in the past? I'm finding I need to moisturize and then put a barrier on. I hate my hands feeling sticking, so I'm trying to use the lighter moisturizer during the day and the heavier stuff at night. The N ational Eczema Association has a seal that products earn that are good for eczema.
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Jsdavis ·
If I soak my hands in cool water with sea salt added the small cuts heal faster.
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Maku ·
Currently have manor rad on one hand. Applying cortisone cream. What else can I do.
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sachin ·
Thank you soo much for this blog... Exactly the kind of information i was looking,... Just wanted to know Any general medication which we can keep ready as precautions? ( Coz, assuming that doctors are busy and may not be available when in emergency we need consultation) PS : 42yrs , Male, dust/pollution caused asthma.. taking Salmeterol&Fluticason powder and fluticason nasal spray & montelikast/fexofrndine tablets now that the air is pure can we reduce dose?
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Melissa G ·
Hi Sachin, welcome to the AAFA forums! That is a great question to ask your dr, we cannot give medical advice. Do you have an asthma action plan ?
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Sirls ·
@Maku @Marcia Z Ball When I tell you what helped me so much you’re gonna kick yourself. So last week I noticed I had the skin peeling in between my fingers, on top of my hands, on the underside of my hand (my open palm) on the tips of my fingers ... just everywhere! I will attach a pic. It doesn’t look terrible bc I caught it at the beginning bc I can’t take it. I noticed tht when I wash my hands or used hand sanitizer they would burn from the small cuts. I went out and bought Lubriderm. $5...
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Kathy P ·
Hi TexasBreakfastTacos - that looks miserable It sounds like you have tried your usual arsenal of treatments to try to treat and protect your hands. Do you use a "soak and seal" wet wrap on your hands?
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Lizzie ·
Can I ask a question about this line in the editorial? "These data come from hospitalized patients where the use of systemic corticosteroids after onset of the disease as a treatment for COVID-19 demonstrated a poorer outcome. There are no data available on a risk for those taking corticosteroids (orally or inhaled) for their asthma and a risk of poor outcome from COVID-19." It seems to be saying that those who took corticosteroids as a treatment for COVID seemed to have a poorer outcome.
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dr Ms Kamal S Saxena ·
Hi Dr Gary Based out of India.. I wish to know if asthmatic patients are prone to Corona Virus
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Zara ·
As soon as corona started and I started using these santizers I started getting really bad eczema.. its been 2 months my hands feel like rocks. It’s soo painful and itchy. Im going to try using the moisturizing tips, hope they help. Ezcema can be soo annoying i never knew.
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Kathy P ·
Welcome Zara - sorry your eczema has been so bad from using hand sanitizers. Is it better if you can wash your hands instead? Or is the extra handwashing irritating as well? I hope the moisturizing tips help!
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Kathy P ·
Welcome SafeQube - what would you like to know more about?
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

SafeQube ·
The main source to avoid the transmission of the coronavirus is to wash hands with sanitizers or soaps. But what if people with skin disease do? Good to know that the blog helps people with eczema, a skin disease where patches of skin becomes inflamed, itchy, cracked, and rough. This blog helped me to know about how people with this type of skin disease might find it difficult to use sanitizers or soaps for washing hands. Thank you for sharing such an informative blog. I would like to know...
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Mastaneh ·
Hi, the article was so useful to me. I have a question I'll be thankful if you answer." Is it okay to use creamy soaps for my hand eczema? I'm not sure if they can kill the new Corona virus as they includes lot of moisturizer and oil. I'll be thankful for your answer in advanced.
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Kathy P ·
Hi Mastaneh and welcome. Soap helps break down the sticky bond between the virus and your hand. That's one reason you need to wash for 20 seconds - to give the soap time to work to break those bonds so the virus can be rinsed away with the soap. Can you use a plain but mild soap then apply moisturizer after patting your hands dry?
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Compton ·
Welcome @Mastaneh ! The word around a few months back is that plain old soap killed the virus.
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Mastaneh ·
Hi kathy, thank you for replying. Yes I can use a mild soap. Do you know any good brand I can use?
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Mastaneh ·
I can buy if the brand is global. My doctor only recommends Iranian ones so I wanted to try a good foreign mild soap As I don't find Iranian products useful .
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Mastaneh ·
Hey, First of all thank you for replying. You know I'm living in Iran and here some factories produce creamy soaps. My doctor prescribed me these creamy soaps but it was before Coronavirus I stopped using it cause I thought maybe they can't kill the virus and also I don't trust iranian produces.
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Kathy P ·
I see you mention that you are in Iran. I'm not familiar with what might be available there. Since your doctor recommended the creamy soap, can you follow up to see what else they might recommend as far as an effective soap plus a moisturizer to use after washing?
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: Healthcare.gov and Some States Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

History Jen ·
Thank you so much for sending out this information. It will help many people.
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Mehgan ·
I get allergy shots to help prevent my asthma from triggering . But my allergy/asthma Dr is closed right now . So how do I get my shot On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 1:54 PM Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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Melissa G ·
Hi Mehgan! Welcome to the AAFA forums! If their office is closed, can you email them and express your concerns? I know for us, many appts and procedures that we had scheduled have been canceled.
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Maria L Reyes ·
Good informationbinformation, I live in Illinois and the Dermatology office has been closed for the last few weeks.my daughter has already missed 2 Dupixen shots.
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Melissa G ·
Hi Maria, welcome to the AAFA forums. I am sorry to hear that your daughter has missed her last two Dupixent shots. How is your daughter doing?
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: Healthcare.gov and Some States Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

AAFA Community Services ·
As of April 6, 2020, we have updated this blog post to include the District of Columbia, Minnesota and Vermont.
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: Healthcare.gov and Some States Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

AAFA Community Services ·
We updated this blog post on July 20, 2020, to reflect which states have ended or extended their open enrollment periods. We also added more COVID-19 resources.
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Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

AAFA Community Services ·
Proper handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent spreading viruses, like the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu . But when you have a skin condition like eczema (atopic dermatitis or dyshidrotic eczema) , washing your hands often can lead to dry and cracked skin, itchiness, pain and possibly infection. So how can people with eczema protect their skin while protecting themselves from the coronavirus? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) asked Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, a...
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Has your insurance coverage changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

AAFA Community Services ·
Now Recruiting: Asthma in Families Facing Out-Of-Pocket Requirements Due to COVID-19 AAFA and our partners at the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute are studying the impact of an insurance navigation assistance program for people with asthma who lost insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will include online information and the opportunity to get insurance information from trained navigators from AAFA. We are looking for people who: have...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: Healthcare.gov and Some States Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

AAFA Community Services ·
Update – Feb. 18, 2021 We have updated this blog post with information on new state and Healthcare.gov special open enrollment periods. We have also included information on how health insurance access affects asthma disparities. Access to health care is an important part of managing asthma and allergy symptoms. But many people – especially Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Americans – don’t have access to health insurance that would make health care affordable. This contributes to asthma...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

AAFA Community Services ·
We have updated this blog post to reflect more recent information on the 2019 new coronavirus (COVID-19). Even though coronavirus numbers have risen worldwide, people in the U.S. are still at a greater risk of getting the flu. Keep washing your hands and avoiding people who are sick. And don't forget to follow your Asthma Action Plan if you start feeling ill.
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Azmtick ·
I have intermittent asthma. I usually manage my symptoms (wheezing during the pollen season) with antihistamines and sometimes the Ventolin inhaler. I had an attack about a month ago and the last time before that was 10 years ago. For the most recent attack, I was prescribed Deltacortril for five days, and they certainly sorted the problem. The doctor also suggested I take a preventive inhaler to keep the asthma at bay. However, I read on the internet that the preventive inhaler which...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Kathy P ·
Hi @Azmtick - those are all great questions! Many long-term controller or preventative medicine inhalers do contain an inhaled corticosteroid. These prevent and reduce airway swelling. They also reduce mucus in the lungs. They are the most effective long-term control medicines available. It's important to keep taking your controller medicine even when you don't have symptoms because they prevent asthma symptoms. Stopping your controller medicine may increase your asthma symptoms and the risk...
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Azmtick ·
Thanks Kathy P. That's very useful advice.
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

I Am Curious ·
I can't find any information anywhere about patients with asthma (specifically) and COVID-19 mortality rates. I am a relatively healthy individual with mild but persistent allergy triggered asthma. My singulair seems to keep it under control. I've had the flu twice this season (different strains) with no complications. But, I am curious, so these are my questions: I've heard that the jury is still out on what exactly causes respiratory complications from viruses in people with asthma. Some...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Melanie Carver ·
Hello @I Am Curious , I am happy to hear you weathered two different flu virus strains this year without complications! Most healthy people recover from flu without complications (and is what is being seen in coronavirus COVID-19 as well). But when you have asthma, it can put you at higher risk because asthmatic lungs already have swelling. When you have a respiratory infection, your immune system responds by creating more mucus and releasing substances from your cells to fight the virus or...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

AAFA Community Services ·
Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network February 28, 2020, 1505 ET (3:05 PM ET) Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides updated guidance on evaluating and testing persons under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19. It supersedes...
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goodbyelizajane ·
I’m not sure the flu comparison is terribly helpful here. There is a flu vaccine which at least keeps some types of flu at bay, if not all. Despite the fact that we are generally familiar with coronaviruses, there is much we still don’t know about this one. For example, there seem to be indicators that people are spreading the virus while asymptomatic, but no one is sure how. If this is indeed the case, then that makes infection control much more difficult. I’m worried about my baby. She’s...
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goodbyelizajane ·
Sorry, my baby didn’t have flu. RSV-induced bronchiolitis with pneumonia. Thankfully we’ve avoided flu so far.
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Tracey Bernett ·
Both my young adult kids have Flu- and cold-virus induced asthma. One of them is on the other side of the country at college. What do we know about the risk of Covid-19 with patients with this type of asthma? They both had their flu shots last fall. Should we be stocking up on anti-viral medication or Prednisone? The anti-viral medication really helped reduce the symptoms my son experienced in years past when he got the flu (which he got despite getting the flu vaccination).
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Evita ·
I just read an article today that stated do not take steroids for the corona virus. It makes it worse. 1. is this true? 2. nebulizers and rescue inhalers are essentially steroidal. Does this also apply to them? 3. should we try to avoid using this if we contract the virus?
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Kathy P ·
Welcome Evita - those are all great questions! We are currently working with our medical scientific council to update the blog based on the lastest information known about the virus.
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Melanie Carver ·
Thank you all for submitting your questions! We are working on updating our blog above with updated numbers and recommendations. We have also sent a list of questions to our Medical Scientific Council and will share the information as soon as we hear back from the council. Stay safe and keep washing your hands!
 
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