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3 New Studies Shed Light on Penicillin Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
At some point you may have had a reaction to penicillin and were told you were allergic. And there’s a good chance it has stayed in your chart throughout your childhood and into adulthood. But 9 of 10 Americans who think they have a penicillin allergy have either outgrown it or never had it in the first place. That said, it’s important to get tested by an allergist to know if you have a true penicillin allergy so you know whether to avoid the drug.
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3 Ways to Keep Spring Celebrations Asthma and Allergy Friendly

AAFA Community Services ·
3 Ways to Keep Spring Celebrations Asthma and Allergy Friendly
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7 Things You Should Know About Oral Allergy Syndrome

AAFA Community Services ·
Did you know pollen might be responsible for your food allergy? If your mouth or throat itch when you eat certain fruit or vegetables, you could have oral allergy syndrome (OAS). And you would have a pollen allergy to thank for that.
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AAFA Applauds FDA First Steps Toward Declaring Sesame as Major Allergen

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the premiere nonprofit representing patients with asthma and allergies, applauds the recent request for information and statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demonstrating its commitment to explore the classification of sesame as a major allergen.
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AAFA Co-Sponsored Report Provides Recommendations for Food Allergy Research, Treatment, and Policy

AAFA Community Services ·
[Press Release] PR Contact: Adam Bailine, Vice President, Marketing & Communications (202) 466-7643, ext. 254 abailine@aafa.org AAFA Co-Sponsored Report Provides Recommendations for Food Allergy Research, Treatment, and Policy With support from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine releases a monumental report that makes recommendations to increase our understanding of and approaches to food allergies November...
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AAFA Elevates Patient Voice in ICER Review of New Peanut Allergy Treatments

AAFA Community Services ·
On June 11, 2019, in Oakland, California, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and its California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) met to assess the clinical effectiveness and value of treatments for peanut allergy. The review examined two new technologies to induce immune tolerance — Viaskin® Peanut (DBV Technologies) and AR101 (Aimmune Therapeutics) — as well as non-commercialized oral immunotherapy (OIT).
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AAFA Issues Parental Guidance Warning About New Peter Rabbit Film

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cautions parents raising children with food allergies that some scenes in the newly-released “Peter Rabbit” film may be disturbing for young viewers with food allergies. In the film, a character with a known food allergy to blackberries is attacked with them. This leads to a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis and the need to use a lifesaving injection of the drug epinephrine.
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AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program Celebrates 10 Successful Years

AAFA Community Services ·
This spring allergy season marks the 10th anniversary of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. The 60 million Americans with asthma and allergies have learned to trust certified consumer products and services when they see the Certification Mark on a product label. Certified products and services have been tested against strict scientific standards and shown to be suitable for families with asthma o
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AAFA Tackles Childhood Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma and allergies impact one in five children in the United States. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) exhibited at the 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference to learn the latest news in pediatrics and to talk to health care providers about the programs and services we offer.
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Aerospan Inhaler for Daily Asthma Maintenance Is Being Discontinued

AAFA Community Services ·
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mylan is discontinuing Aerospan® (80 mcg). Aerospan is a corticosteroid inhaler used for daily asthma maintenance. Mylan notified the FDA on Jan. 26, 2018.
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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Responds to Premature ICER Review of New Peanut Allergy Treatments

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) addresses concerns regarding the Final Evidence Report assessing the clinical effectiveness and value of treatments for peanut allergy released by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) on July 10, 2019. ICER’s report may cause concern for the allergy community that the findings will restrict access to new treatments for peanut allergy.
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Avoid Food Allergy Reactions During the Holidays

AAFA Community Services ·
During the holiday season, our calendars fill up with a lot of social activities. More often than not, these include food. If you or a member of your family has a food allergy, these events can be more stressful than fun. Follow these tips to keep everyone safe from accidental allergic reactions.
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Congress May Add Sesame to the Top Food Allergens List

AAFA Community Services ·
Congress has introduced important legislation to improve the way manufacturers label food allergens! The  Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2015 (HR 4061)  would also add sesame to the list of major food allergens. Currently, only eight allergens - milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy - must be listed on food labels. Sesame seeds and oil are used as ingredients in many common foods, but are often vaguely labeled as "spices" or "natural seasoning". Adding...
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CVS Sinus Relief Nasal Mist Recalled Due to Contamination

AAFA Community Services ·
Holly Hill, FL, Product Quest Manufacturing (“Product Quest”) is voluntarily recalling Lot# 173089J of CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist, a clear, colorless liquid, to the consumer level. The product was found to have had microbiological contamination identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
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Donate Allergy-Friendly Food to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

AAFA Community Services ·
Many of our members in Houston, and the surrounding areas of Texas and into Louisiana, continue to be affected by Hurricane Harvey and the ensuing flooding. If you are in the affected area and want to help, we have listed the name of an agency who is accepting allergy-friendly food donations, with delivery instructions so the food can make it safely to those who need it.
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Facebook Chat: School Accommodations for Food Allergies and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Kids With Food Allergies for a back-to-school Facebook chat. Attorney, author and food allergy advocate Laurel Francoeur, Esq., will answer your questions on how to send your child with asthma and food allergies back to school with the right accommodations to keep them safe.
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FDA Approves First Generic Competitor of EpiPen Epinephrine Auto-Injector

AAFA Community Services ·
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first generic version of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine) auto-injector for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions, including those that are life-threatening (anaphylaxis), in adults and pediatric patients who weigh more than 33 pounds. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA gained approval to market its generic epinephrine auto-injector in 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths.
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Food Allergies and the Emotional, Social and Financial Impact

AAFA Community Services ·
AAFA released the My Life With Food Allergy: Parent Survey Report. This report summarizes the emotional, social and financial impact on the parent or caregiver of a child with food allergies.
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Food Allergies – Not Only a Childhood Disease

Melanie Carver ·
Researchers estimate the number of people with food allergies in the U.S. to be 32 million. It breaks down to 6 million children and 26 million adults – more than previously thought. 1 It is common for food allergies to develop in childhood, but you can develop a food allergy at any age. Adults are more likely to develop allergies to crustacean shellfish (like crabs, lobster or shrimp), peanuts, milk, tree nuts and fin fish. 1 Adult-onset food allergies are generally life-long and are not...
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Food Allergy Research Survey – Recruiting Now!

AAFA Community Services ·
This year’s theme for World Allergy Week is The Global Problem of Food Allergy. To help us take action on food allergies, we are seeking 1,000 individuals to fill out a survey that may take 15-30 minutes (the length of the survey depends on your answers).
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GlaxoSmithKline Study Shows Nucala Improves Quality of Life, Lung Function in Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE:GSK) today announced data demonstrating that severe asthma patients, whose disease is driven by eosinophilic inflammation, treated with first-in-class biologic Nucala® (mepolizumab) added-on to standard of care, achieved clinically and statistically significant improvements in their health-related quality of life and lung function, when compared to patients treated with placebo and standard of care. These results are from the phase IIIb MUSCA study (NCT02281318, 200
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Pollen Immunotherapy May Relieve Oral Allergy Syndrome Symptoms in Children

AAFA Community Services ·
We know that children with pollen food allergy syndrome (PFAS) also suffer from seasonal allergies. A new study being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston shows that allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy) can be effective in reducing PFAS symptoms for pediatric patients.
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Recall Alert: Apotex Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray for Glass Particles

AAFA Community Services ·
Apotex Corp. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray USP 50 mcg Per Spray 120 Metered Sprays Due to Potential for Small Glass Particles
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Report Shows Increase in Childhood Allergy Rates and Severe Allergic Reactions

AAFA Community Services ·
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) released a report called Childhood Allergies in America. The study showed that allergy rates among children have been going up from 2010 to 2016.
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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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Study Shows Mepolizumab to Be a Safe and Effective Long-Term Treatment Option for Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release from GlaxoSmithKline to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Nucala (mepolizumab) study reports long-term safety data, consistent exacerbation reduction and improved asthma control New study showed one third of patients had no exacerbations on long-term treatment with Nucala GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) today presented new data from the longest study of an anti-IL5 biologic treatment in severe...
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Teach Kids About Food Allergies and Asthma With Our Activity Book

AAFA Community Services ·
Are you looking for a simple way to help your child learn about food allergies or asthma? Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activities book teaches children through fun characters, coloring pages and puzzles you and your child can do together. More than 6 million children have asthma. It is the third most common chronic disease in children under 18 years old. 1 About 4 million children have food allergies. As part of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we want to help these...
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Warning Advisory: Some EpiPen Auto-Injectors May Not Readily Slide Out of Carrier

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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What People With Asthma Need to Know About Foods Made With Liquid Nitrogen

AAFA Community Services ·
One recent food trend has some people concerned: adding liquid nitrogen right before eating to create the effect of smoke. It may sound fun, but is it safe, especially for people with asthma?
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What You Need to Know About Insect Repellents If You Have Eczema and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), not the FDA, regulates most insect repellents applied on the skin? Some insect repellents claim to be "natural." These may contain food-related ingredients, like soybean oil or lemon.
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Hypoallergenic: Science or Marketing Hype?

AAFA Community Services ·
It’s common to see the term “hypoallergenic” on many products and services. It’s a word many consumers have become comfortable with. It makes some believe anything with this label is better for them and less likely to trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. But you may be surprised to find there is no regulation on how a product can be labeled “hypoallergenic.”
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Managing the Stress of Asthma in Boston, Massachusetts, the #11 Asthma Capital

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Many Doctors Still Don’t Know Facts About Penicillin Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
If you think you’re allergic to penicillin, but have never been tested, ask for a referral to an allergist to confirm the allergy. Many physicians whose patients have “penicillin allergy” in their charts don’t know that frequently, a penicillin allergy diagnosis is given to a child as the result of a rash but without any follow up testing.
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Asthma Medication Recall Alert: Montelukast Tablets From Camber Pharmaceuticals for Incorrect Drug in Bottle

AAFA Community Services ·
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care professionals about a voluntary recall of one lot of Montelukast Sodium Tablets – lot number MON17384, expiration 12/31/2019 – by Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Piscataway, N.J. Sealed bottles labeled as montelukast sodium tablets, 10 milligram, 30-count bottle from Camber were found to instead contain 90 tablets of Losartan Potassium Tablets, 50 mg.
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Mom Empowers Son to Manage His Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Generic Montelukast and Singulair Will Now Carry Stronger Warning Label About Possible Side Effects

AAFA Community Services ·
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is requiring a boxed warning – the agency’s most prominent warning – for montelukast (sold under the brand name Singulair and in generic form) to strengthen an existing warning about the risk of neuropsychiatric events associated with the drug, which is used to treat asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
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New Research May Change How We Introduce Foods to Infants to Prevent Food Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
New studies about how to prevent food allergy – particularly peanut allergy – are leading to a revision in federal health guidelines for doctors and families.
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NIAID Releases New Clinical Guidelines for Prevention of Peanut Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
AAFA is dedicated to keeping infants and children with food allergies safe and healthy until a cure is found. AAFA is proud to have participated in the NIAID Expert Panel and Coordinating Committee to help develop the Addendum Guidelines for the prevention of peanut allergy.
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Re: 3 Ways to Keep Spring Celebrations Asthma and Allergy Friendly

Peach ·
During religious services, don't forget the effect that blooming flowers such as lilies has upon people with allergies.
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Re: 3 Ways to Keep Spring Celebrations Asthma and Allergy Friendly

K8sMom2002 ·
Good point, Peach! In years past, during our Easter service, our congregation was encouraged to purchase Easter lilies to honor the memory of a loved one.
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Re: Donate Allergy-Friendly Food to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

AAFA Community Services ·
We have updated the information above to include ways you can make a monetary donation or donate through Amazon. Thank you for your donations!
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Re: Donate Allergy-Friendly Food to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

AAFA Community Services ·
We have updated the information above to include phone numbers to the San Antonio Food Bank. If Amazon asks you for a phone number in order to send your order, you can include one of the following numbers: 210-337-FOOD (3663) or 1-800-246-9121
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Re: AAFA Issues Parental Guidance Warning About New Peter Rabbit Film

Shea ·
Oh my gosh... I just read more of this--and it is Peter rabbit and his friends shooting blackberries into Mr McGregor's mouth on purpose to cause him anaphalaxis. How in the universe did this movie get made?!?! That deserves more than an apology... I mean like they need to run an educational ad before and after the movie in theaters and on DVD. I am boycotting it and I am mad--and I think an ad may help me be a little less mad... because I swear if some kid dies because of bullying because...
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Re: AAFA Issues Parental Guidance Warning About New Peter Rabbit Film

Vnes ·
Wow, That is not nice. That is something serious and should not be seen in a joking matter. I agree a ad talking about the seriousness of that seen should have been included after the movie.
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Re: Managing the Stress of Asthma in Boston, Massachusetts, the #11 Asthma Capital

Verdigirl ·
Thanks for sharing, it's so stressful to watch your child go through this and all so familiar as to how it was for me when young. I'd be fine but never realized how fast an attack could come on. My mom would listen to my breathing and count how many breaths or how fast my chest was going up and down. I was taken off of dairy and wheat, it did make a difference for me to do that. One thing that helps me now is to have a portable nebulizer that can plug into the wall or in the car, so I...
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Re: Managing the Stress of Asthma in Boston, Massachusetts, the #11 Asthma Capital

Melissa G ·
Welcome Verdigirl! Glad to hear dietary changed were able to help your asthma symptoms. Have you checked out our Asthma Support Forum ?
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Re: AAFA Applauds FDA First Steps Toward Declaring Sesame as Major Allergen

K8sMom2002 ·
Woohoo! This is great news for my friends who manage a sesame allergy!
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Re: Report Shows Increase in Childhood Allergy Rates and Severe Allergic Reactions

cherry ·
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 < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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Re: Report Shows Increase in Childhood Allergy Rates and Severe Allergic Reactions

Shea ·
The main triggers for my 6 year old son and I are pet dander from cats, dogs, rabbits. By living in a dander-free home, his environmental allergies and eczema are much more under control with no medication. I also do a lot to keep the indoor air quality good-- weekly washing of sheets in hot water, mattresses and pillows in zippered cases, hepa air purifier in room. When I was young, I did not take my pet allergies seriously and they developed into a serious problem. So I think it should be...
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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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