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Asthma and Allergies: Ways You Can Protect Yourself During COVID-19 (Webinar)

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), for a webinar on how people with asthma and allergies can protect themselves during COVID-19 (the new coronavirus).
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Asthma and Allergy Caucus to FDA: Take Action to Prevent Albuterol Shortages

AAFA Community Services ·
Congressmen Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Fred Upton (R-MI), Co-Chairs of the Asthma and Allergy Caucus, joined by Congressmen TJ Cox (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY), Members of Caucus, led 57 Members of the House on a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about shortages of albuterol inhalers, which are critical to effective asthma management.
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Asthma Drug Shortages During COVID-19: A Letter From AAFA’s President and CEO

AAFA Community Services ·
Because of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic, we are facing a challenging and unprecedented time. COVID-19 is a respiratory infection, and the nearly 25 million Americans with asthma are at high risk for complications from the virus. As the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, this has the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) deeply concerned for your health and well-being.
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COVID-19 and Its Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies: A Global Health Crisis

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been fighting to save lives for nearly 70 years. With your support, we provide education, conduct patient-centered research and advocate for protections for our community. Our experience and strong community ties allowed us to take prompt action on the COVID-19 crisis . Thanks to your generous support, we are leading the fight against COVID-19 for people with asthma and allergies. But we need your help to continue to provide COVID-19...
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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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Re: COVID-19 and Its Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies: A Global Health Crisis

SPetrone ·
This is my son. No-one can say why. If you could point me in a direction that would be great, I've never seen anything like it. Thank you, Steve Petrone
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Re: COVID-19 and Its Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies: A Global Health Crisis

Melissa G ·
Hi Steve, welcome to the AAFA forums! Has your son been seen by an allergist or dermatologist? I recommend starting a new topic on our Skin Conditions Forum . You will be able to get more replies there.
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Re: COVID-19 and Its Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies: A Global Health Crisis

Cncmom ·
Poor guy. I am not a medical professional but had suffered from a similar looking rash years ago. It was on my torso as well as my thighs. Mine was related to stress. I treated with oatmeal baths and soothing lotion.
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Re: ACT for Asthma and Allergy: AAFA and MedicAlert Team Up for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Smiles all the way ·
Greetings from my end, am always grateful for the useful tips,though regional differences yet one love. Please, keep the good work going, I appreciate every effort. Much love, Mary. On Tue, May 5, 2020, 8:18 PM Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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: 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: Asthma Drug Shortages During COVID-19: A Letter From AAFA’s President and CEO

zesushv ·
Can 2020 be cancelled already? The year is obviously not interested in anything good.
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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: Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap In Racial Disparities

MPH ·
I know exactly how it feels to say and feel “I can’t breathe”. How people would do nothing to help. Do everything to cover it up. Because Doctors under my care did so on purpose to me. Soon my living heck will be over. No more covering it up. No more mental abuse. No more physical abuse. Because as a Doctor said “no one cares about you”.
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COVID-19 Impacts on People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Due to the coronavirus pandemic , families face uncertainty related to health, finances and overall well-being. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) surveyed 2,695 people to understand the impact of COVID-19 on asthma and allergy communities. The survey revealed the reach of the virus, how families are protecting themselves and the challenges families face specific to asthma and allergies. AAFA will use the results to target communication, education and advocacy efforts. Of...
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Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap In Racial Disparities

AAFA Community Services ·
U.S. systems have historically failed Black Americans and other marginalized groups. AAFA's goal is to dramatically reduce the burden of asthma and allergies for underserved groups within five years.
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lois ·
My problem with the cloth masks is they all produce lint and I do not want to breathe in lint. I have tried washing and lint rolling them but can't get out all the lint. i tried a surgical mask type but it was not ASTM and even though it is paper, it also produces lint like fibers and I cannot wear it. Is there anywhere i can get true ASTM surgical masks? Any other suggestions?
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

LoriC ·
I am unable to wear a mask due to my asthma! Some stores will not allow a person to shop if they don't wear a mask! They want to know why & if I say medical, they ask what my medical issue is and if I have proof of the medical issue! I politely tell them that is between me and my Dr. and is against the ADA & HIPPA! They don't care and say that it is the policy! I would like to know if anyone else has encountered this discrimination and how you handled it!
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lois ·
I understand your frustration. I can't wear any masks so far (still looking for something I can tolerate) You're right, we shouldn't have to carry around our diagnoses on our sleeve. I've given up on any expectation of privacy any more. I suppose the clerks are just trying to do their jobs and have something to tell their supervisors, and maybe feel as safe as possible themselves. They probably would accept a brief "asthma" and a display of an inhaler. Or you could try launching into a long...
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rudy ·
I just read about a steroid called Dexamethasone being touted as a possible aid in the coronavirus. What do you know about people who are on steroids already having some benefit from them. I am currently on prednisone and was wondering if that would offer any help. Sent from Mail for Windows 10
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

BenR ·
@LoriC try talking to the stores managers before hand call . Perhaps they can open the store early for you or shop for you . Unfortunately it’s policy and essential employees are trying to protect their health . Also other patrons are trying to do the same . At my job we had passengers who knew they were waiting on a pending Covid test and still got on a plane anyway without a mask . Every situation is not going to be perfect or to your liking but many are in the same boat as you .
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kathy P ·
Great tips Ben! Especially practicing wearing the mask at home and build up to a longer duration. I've seen this suggested particularly for special needs kids with sensory issues. I'm finding that the fit of the mask is most important for me. It can't press on my nose and I need a mask that is more shaped and suck in against my face as I inhale.
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

BenR ·
As an essential worker who wears there mask all day here are some tips it’s important to practice wearing the mask before hand . Try it at home in AC . Take small breaks by yourself in a spot where you don’t have to wear a mask . Communicate with your employer and coworkers . Don’t just assume that it’s just you that might have a problem. Keep in mind that wearing masks all day may cause migraines like I get . So have a plan with that ready to go as well . Also try on the masks you plan to...
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kathy P ·
Welcome @Larabe ! That's great that you found a fabric and style combo that works for you. Quilter's cotton and t-shirt material are great choices.
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Larabe ·
The WHO recommendations for types of material for face mask coverings are ill-advised. Have you noticed how many people have pulled their masks down to uncover their noses, or even pulled them down under their chins? It is because they cannot breathe through them. One must use breathable fabrics for a homemade face mask. Fabrics such as cotton, and not polyester or polypropylene. The CDC RECOMMENDS COTTON. On jennifermaker.com, she uses tightly woven quilter’s cotton and heavy duty cotton...
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

MaddieJ ·
@LoriC @Lois Hi! I have moderate to severe asthma controlled on medication and also work at a high volume business where I am working almost constantly. I have found two types of masks work for me (cotton cloth and nylon with an additional cotton cloth layer). Being high risk and considered essential I would prefer you and others wear a mask because it puts me, other people who are high risk, or their families are high risk at ease. Considering you are high risk I would not want you to come...
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFA Community Services ·
We updated this blog post on Aug. 6, 2020, to include studies on how masks may prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and lessen severity of symptoms.
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ACT for Asthma and Allergy: AAFA and MedicAlert Team Up for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

AAFA Community Services ·
More than 65 million people in the United States live with asthma or allergies to food , drugs or other allergens . About 3,600 people die each year from asthma – deaths that can often be prevented . COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) poses even more danger to people with asthma and allergies. To kick off National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and for World Asthma Day , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the MedicAlert Foundation have partnered to raise awareness and...
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Pete ·
my sister bought a mask with fans in it and it allowed her to commute without heat building up or getting sweaty. Although its a bit big on her face she can breathe comfortably now. the blue masks were driving her nuts.
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Pete ·
she says its called a Koolmask and she thinks its new.
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Compton ·
Welcome @Pete ! Is that an adaptation of a pre-Covid product or something new?
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFA Community Services ·
We updated this blog post on Aug. 13, 2020, to include information on types of face masks or coverings that aren't effective at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.
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Cleaning Your Hands With Soap Vs. Hand Sanitizer: What Is Best to Protect Yourself From COVID-19 and Other Illnesses?

AAFA Community Services ·
Keeping your hands clean is one of the easiest ways to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 . It can also help help protect you from flu, colds and other respiratory infections . It also helps prevent foodborne illnesses (such as salmonella) while cooking. One study shows people touch their faces on an average of 23 times an hour. 1 Your hands come in contact with many germs, and when you touch your face, you increase your chances of getting sick. Keeping them clean...
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Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Webinar)

AAFA Community Services ·
School staff and parents are dealing with many challenges this school year because of COVID-19 . Policies and procedures may affect students and staff with asthma and allergies. Join the MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), for a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. RSVP now to join us for the MedicAlert LIVE Healthy Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Even though COVID-19 will change how schools operate for the 2020-2021 school year, children with asthma and allergies need to have a school health care plan in place if they are returning to in-person learning. Physical distancing, extra hand-washing , face masks and coverings , and other school policies may impact your child’s care plan. What Is a School Health Care Plan? A school health care plan is a document (or set of documents) that outlines your child’s medical condition and how it...
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Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Video and Resources)

AAFA Community Services ·
The MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), hosted a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. They answered questions and shared resources on how to create a school that is food allergy and asthma friendly while preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 . Watch on YouTube Resources Asthma COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools Helping Students Manage Asthma in School...
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Compton ·
Thanks for the name of the new mask with fans @Pete I was able to find their website and get my questions answered. Is your sister still happy with it after a few weeks+ usage?
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Re: How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Asthma and Allergies

Godmyfour ·
Its ridiculous that MD do have no protection for our childern. My daugther has asthma bad especially in September this year it was the 1st day. Plus yes our school systems is so not right. They failed my baby 2 two but over turned the last one. Then last year ask if she wants to go in her correct grade in October no this should of been offered before school started. Crazy no implenations or help.
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Re: How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Asthma and Allergies

Compton ·
Hello Godmyfour. Welcome to these community discussions where very difficult questions can be asked and where smart and compassionate people share their best answers. My own children are past school but I can imagine how hard it is for you to send yours to school with so much uncertainty. I guess for me the first thing to know is what IS the COVID plan at my school? Is it the best available? What are school staff doing at your children's school? Are you satisfied you know how to play your...
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Re: Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Flu on People With Asthma and Allergies

Kathy P ·
Hi Chinarider10 - we are so sorry that you somehow received this 3 times. I will look into it.
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Re: Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Flu on People With Asthma and Allergies

Chinarider10 ·
I have received this email three times today. On Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 4:37 PM Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Flu on People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
In March 2020, the World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a global pandemic. This fall and winter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes flu viruses and the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will spread at the same time. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) wants to hear about the experiences, perceptions and needs of people with asthma and allergies as they relate to COVID-19 and the flu. We hope to better serve the asthma and allergy...
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New Webinar: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFA Community Services ·
Experts from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia (IMPACT DC) Asthma Clinic at Children’s National Hospital will talk about managing your asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic. RSVP now for our free webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). REGISTER NOW Our expert panel will discuss: Access to asthma health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in hardest-hit communities Asthma...
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Re: New Webinar: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Charlene Watts ·
Will this webinar be available for viewing again?
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Re: New Webinar: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kathy P ·
Hi @Charlene Watts - yes the webinar will be available for viewing soon. We will post the video and resources on here on the blog.
 
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