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...
Are you on Twitter? Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America @AAFANational Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm for a Spring Allergies Twitter Party! The chat is hosted by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and Allergic Living. Follow @AAAAI_org and @AllergicLiving and use #allergyready. Post questions about hay fever, pollen troubles and other spring allergy topics. The AAAAI Allergist Panel includes: Dr. Thanai Pongdee @Tpongdee Dr. Matthew Bowdish @MatthewBowdish Dr.
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. We hope you will join us in our efforts to raise awareness about asthma and allergies. Almost 25 million people in the US with asthma and about 6 million are children under the age of 18. Sadly, in the US, there are still 10 deaths per day due to asthma, and most of those fatalities are preventable. Together we can educate other about the seriousness of asthma.
In this essay, you’ll hear from Peter DeMarco of Boston, Massachusetts, who lost his wife, Laura Levis, to asthma. Boston ranks #8 on our 2019 Asthma Capitals report. It has such a high ranking because of a high number of people with asthma and asthma-related deaths.
During gym class, young April Behounek, noticed a burning sensation in her chest and trouble breathing. She told her mom and they went to see an allergist in northern Wisconsin. At age 10, April was diagnosed with asthma and an allergy to dogs. She grew up managing her asthma with the support of her parents and her doctors. This included using both long-term control and quick-relief inhalers.
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.
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.
Jessica Barber Brown and her son Isaac, age 11, live about 45 minutes outside of Louisville, Kentucky (overall #7 on Asthma Capitals), in Lawrenceburg. Both Jessica and Isaac have asthma and allergies.
[Press Release] National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month Tackles Epidemic to Educate Public Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) Focuses on Prevention and Treatment LANDOVER, Md. May 2, 2017 - For over 30 years, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) proclaims the month of May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. In the U.S., asthma and allergic diseases such as pollen allergies or food allergies affect over 60 million people. AAFA will lead several...
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.
I would just like to say I have been diagnosed with asthma along with copd and early stage emphysema.... I have never smoked but have lived with smokers during my childhood... their smoking has condemned me to a certain outcome of death... i have gotten bronchitis every year for the past 35 years, walking pneumonia and whooping cough..... pollen aggravates my allergies and I have not slept more then 4 to 5 hours a night because of the coughing for the past 5 years..why do i have to pay the...
To all the Asthma sufferers, remember, if you intend to plant a tree in honour of the Asthma sufferer like Austin, plant a 'female' tree. Why? Because we are planting, male clonal, pollen producing, Asthma causing, native or non-native trees. Your "2018 Walk for Asthma Awareness", is again a great undertaking and to al participants, 'my hat goes of''. Support your AAFA, Asthma awareness. "Together we are stronger".
Natural nasal barriers also can be effective and can be used with existing medication such as nasal sprays and anti-histamines. They are applied at the base of the nostrils and trap the allergens - pollen etc. They are extremely safe but you should still consult with your doctor before using them.
Hi Melissa, Thanks for asking My allergy triggers are tree pollen, grass pollen, dust and mold spores. I have used a natural nasal barrier with great effect for the dust and mold and it is now working well for my spring allergies.
Very early spring observation in your garden. There are many questions at this time of the year about pollen in the garden - park or schoolyard. How can I find out, the difference between a male (pollen producing) shrub or tree and female shrub or tree ? MALE flowers in early spring are YELLOWISH and the FEMALE flowers are RED . The flowers are in clusters during very early spring, before the leaves develop .
K8SMOM2002 Last fall undecided to dry the flowers so I cut them before the birds and squirrel could get at them. Oh my word I didn't realize how much pollen was in them. So I won't be drying them this year but I will plant the seeds again next year will just have to buy them.
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.
The opening statement is such a powerful message, "it is important for everyone to exercise, even if you have asthma." These children are so engaged and in touch with their symptoms. It is great to hear them talking about the preventive measures they are taking in their daily lives; I love how we can all use technology now to help too - like an app to measure pollen counts and air quality days.
It's my daughter but she has bad allergies too that trigger her asthma. She isn't very active because her asthma is triggered by physical activity. She's only rode her bike once this year and that was that day. We generally have a high pollen count so we had to make sure she was covered for her 30 mins of play lol.
We can expect an abundance of cross-reactivity of Birch tree pollen, with other trees such as, the alder (Alnus glutinosa) - hazel (Corylus avellana) or hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) are examples, this year because of the changes in our environmental temperatures. Food cross-reactivity of Birch and apples are known, but..... there are many more. See your Dr. or Allergist for up-to-date information. Sue C. Killian wrote an excellent book about allergy and cross-reactivity.
pollen , dust mites and molds everywhere in the house from bathrooms, kitchen,etc creates havoc to the immune systems. On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 4:22 PM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < email@example.com> wrote:
New to this blog and I have to say I am relieved to know that all the issues I have been having with food is real. I have always had issues with eating bananas. The past few months I have been having oral reactions to foods. I think it is bell peppers. I am thankful to have found this blog. Thanks.
My pharmacy manager was very helpful, as always. My husband will be picking up a ProAir inhaler for me this afternoon. I can get Albuterol ampules on Monday. I need refill authorization. I want to be sure I don't run out of Albuterol, due to my condition, and where I live. Add in the fact that pollen plays a role in this.I do not want to end up in the ER due to not being able to breathe.
I am glad that you posted this information. Thank you. It is very helpful. My neighbors planted 2 aspen trees in the middle of our property boundaries. The trees are now taller than my house. I am concerned about my sensitivity this Spring. I will speak to my immunologist about this. Maybe we can be pro active and prevent some problems! ☺
The last column isn’t being over lapped by all the boxes . This happens to me when I have mango , pineapple and tomatoes it’s only during certain seasons. I’m allergic to grass , willow tree, ragweed . I’m also allergic to latex which can have cross reactions as well . Such as with the skin of some Mellon’s and avocado .
This is great to hear. I joined recently and finding a sense of community here and getting good value. Luckily my Asthma this spring was not bad 1. I moved to location where there is not much cedar pollen 2. I used controller inhalers well in advance 3. I take Anti-histamine (Zyrtec) 10 mg once a day.
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.
I’ve had oas to apples, pears, all stone fruit, almonds as well as hazelnuts since my childhood. And it’s gotten progressively worse. I used to be able to eat these foods cooked or baked, now this is not even possible anymore. I got a blood test a few years ago and only hazelnut came back positive. But I know when eating raw apple my throat closes up. I have to carry an epi pen with me now. Any chance it could get better? I still get dreams of eating apples.
@KathyP I recently had issues cutting potatoes where I got itchy hands and a rash and hives up my hands , neck and chest . Doctor thinks that it’s the oral allergy syndrome strikes again with the grass and ragweed as main culprit . You remember the incident with the tomatoes ? She said there in the same family so it would make Sense . Also I’m seeing a Gastro specialist for some tests and he said when your digestive system is inflamed the more likely you can have these bizarre allergy attacks .
Tommy, my 8 year old, has both food allergies and OAS to a lot if things that cross-react with his pollen allergies. The difference with his OAS is that some times of year he can eat the foods just fine (like cucumber which cross-reacts with his ragweed allergy) but as soon as ragweed season comes it gets him itchy (especially under his arms). Then only if his ragweed allergy is bothering him or flared he will react to sunflower seed which stinks because he loves sunbutter and jelly...
Hey Ben - that's interesting that raw potatoes are causing a contact reaction on the your hands. And yes, potatoes and tomatoes are both in the nightshade family. Good luck with the gastro appointment and tests. I hope you will check in on the forums to let us know how that goes.
We are currently in the peak of hurricane season, which goes from June 1 to Nov. 31. While preparing for a possible storm, people with asthma need to take extra precautions to reduce chances of an asthma episode or attack.
Peter DeMarco of Boston, Massachusetts, lost his wife, Laura Levis, to asthma during Asthma Peak Week in 2016. In the essay below, Peter shares Laura's story, as well as some facts about Asthma Peak Week. If you have asthma, taking precautions can help prevent asthma episodes, attacks and hospitalizations in September.
Schools provide valuable education to students. But the very resource that is supposed to benefit our children can actually be a cause of asthma symptoms and allergic reactions. Some states have policies in place that protect children with asthma and allergies. These 15 states made our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR). See how your state ranks.
When Diana Hanley’s daughter Jamie was a baby, she wheezed every time she got sick. She had her first allergic reaction to eggs at 11 months. Around age 2, she was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. And because of constant hives, many foods were removed from her diet. Her family is now part of research to help families managing asthma and allergies. Read Jamie's story.
You may be familiar with the common affects of climate change: extreme weather, rising sea levels and melting ice caps. But did you know climate change can also make allergies and asthma symptoms worse? On July 13, 2017, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) will join Moms Clean Air Force at Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C., to support action against climate change. Instead of a sit-in, moms and their children will host their fourth annual Play-In for Climate Action. The...
Are you a school nurse or a doctor? Make plans to attend the 11th annual asthma and allergy conference of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Alaska Chapter (AAFA-AK) . AAFA-AK is holding Wheezin', Sneezin' & Itchin' in Alaska at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, AK, September 9-10, 2016. For details or to register, see: http://conference.aafaalaska.com/ . Presenters will discuss the latest in research and best practices in asthma, allergy, and immunology. Session topics...
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