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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 Humidity Affects Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Allergens, chemicals and strong scents are common triggers for the almost 25 million Americans with asthma. But high humidity can be just as troublesome. People with asthma have inflamed airways that are sensitive to things that may not bother other people. That’s why humidity, and all that comes with it, can be a problem for people with asthma. 1 Here are some reasons why. 1. Humid air feels harder to breathe in. Some believe moist air is heavier and harder to breathe. Heat and humidity...
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AAFA Explains: Can Herbal Supplements Help My Nasal Allergies?

AAFA Community Services ·
When new drugs and medical procedures are developed, they go through rigorous scientific study. Complementary Alternative Medicine treatments usually do not go through the same type of research. As a result, whether it works (called efficacy) is unproven for most treatments. Most herbal remedies for rhinitis fall into that category.
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AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

AAFA Community Services ·
In our second post in our “AAFA Explains” series, we look at claims that salt treatment (also known as halotherapy) can improve your asthma. “Salt rooms” are popping up in the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and elsewhere. These rooms charge you a fee to enter, like a spa. Salt crystals coat the rooms and the air is salt-laden as an attempt to mimic naturally occurring salt caves.The history of natural salt caves as an asthma remedy is ancient.
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Act Now to Help Save Health Care Protections for Those With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
On Sept. 13, 2017, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA includes protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Their goal is to vote on the repeal before Sept. 30, 2017. This bill, commonly called the Graham-Cassidy bill, could cause millions of Americans to lose health insurance. If passed, health insurance could become unaffordable for people with chronic conditions and low incomes.
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Ask Your Senators to Approve Increased Funding for the National Asthma Control Program

AAFA Community Services ·
Happy 20th Birthday to the National Asthma Control Program (NACP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)! We are thrilled to see that our advocacy efforts are paying off. We applaud the House Appropriations Committee for approving the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2020 today to increase to program funding to $34 million. We hope the Senate will do the same.
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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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Congress Introduces Bill to Protect Students with Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Congress is taking steps to improve how schools across the country manage asthma. The federal bill is called the School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act (HR 4662). The bill encourages states to improve asthma care in schools. Schools that adopt improved asthma management programs and policies would have a better chance of receiving federal grant money for asthma programs. Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) are the sponsors of the bill. The bill calls for: stocking...
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Congress Recognizes May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

AAFA Community Services ·
The U.S. House of Representatives has declared their support for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Fred Upton (R-MI), TJ Cox (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) submitted the resolution to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on May 8, 2020. May is peak season for people with asthma and allergies. That’s why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) chose it as a time to raise awareness and educate people on how to manage these conditions. Read...
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Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act Would Expand Efforts to Improve Care for People With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-16), Fred Upton (R-MI-06), Pete King (R-NY-02) and TJ Cox (D-CA-21), all members of the House Asthma and Allergy Caucus, have introduced legislation to honor Elijah E. Cummings’ long-time advocacy for those living with asthma. The Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act would expand federal, state, and local efforts to improve care for individuals with asthma.
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February Advocacy Update: Over-the-Counter Medicines, Restaurant Safety and Cleaner Cars

Jenna R. ·
Welcome to your February advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, director of advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). I am pictured above with AAFA board member Renuka Babu Brown and Senator Ed Markey's (D-MA) policy advisor Adam Axler. Over-the-Counter Drug Access and Cleaner Cars Rollbacks AAFA and other members of the Healthy Choices Coalition met with Representative Judy Chu's office. We asked her to co-sponsor the Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2019...
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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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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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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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Poverty Widens Gap in Care for Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Press Release Contact: Melissa Graham mgraham@aaaai.org (414) 272-6071 Onsite Press Room (March 4-7): (213) 743-6242 POVERTY WIDENS GAP IN CARE FOR ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES Researchers Examine Socioeconomic Disparities at AAAAI Annual Meeting Los Angeles, CA – Socioeconomic disparities are a cause for concern in patients with asthma and allergies, according to several studies presented at the AAAAI Annual Meeting. “We found that patients who have asthma and come from lower income households –...
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School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act Introduced to House

AAFA Community Services ·
[Press Release] Roe, Hoyer Introduce School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act Washington, May 2, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) introduced H.R. 2285, the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, legislation that encourages states to help ensure students with reversible lower airway disorders, such as asthma, have assistance at school with managing their chronic disease and can...
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September Asthma Epidemic

AAFA Community Services ·
Does your asthma or your child’s asthma always seem to get worse in September? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, researchers have studied this issue. Here is what they found. September is a difficult time for those with asthma There is a September asthma hospitalization “epidemic.” In fact, the third week of September is considered Asthma Peak Week. Many more people are hospitalized for asthma shortly after school starts than at any other time of the year. The number of asthma...
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Three Bills Could Have a Big Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
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)...
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Why the Weatherford, Texas, School Board’s Anaphylaxis Policy Is a Bad Idea

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Your Gift Helps Kids Like Alex and Daniel

AAFA Community Services ·
For Melissa, asthma and allergies have become a struggle that her family faces every day. Her older son, Daniel, was diagnosed with severe asthma and 72 environmental allergies at an early age.
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Hundreds Gather to Send Message to Congress About Climate Change

AAFA Community Services ·
On July 13, 2017, Moms Clean Air Force hosted their fourth annual Play-In for Climate Action near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) was there to show support.
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Improper Inhaler Use Can Affect Asthma Control

AAFA Community Services ·
Inhaler mistakes are more common than you might think. Up to 92% of people with asthma use their device incorrectly. If your medicine isn’t reaching your lungs, your asthma might be harder to control.
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Is It Really Asthma or Could It Be Something Else?

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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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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November Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Update: School Protections and Emotional Support Animals and Epinephrine Auto-Injectors on Planes

Jenna R. ·
Welcome to your November advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, Director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Re: 10 Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal

Shea ·
The public does have the ability to comment on the proposed changes (I did!), but only for a short time. Here is the info on how to share your voice (pasted from https://www.epa.gov/stationary...proposal-how-comment ) EPA will accept comment on the proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 and may be submitted by one of the following methods. Online: Go to...
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Re: Action Alert: Protect Students With Asthma and Allergies

Tiffany F. ·
Can AAFA create a facebook profile photo frame we could use to help promote awareness of this?
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Re: Action Alert: Protect Students With Asthma and Allergies

Melissa G ·
Great suggestion Tiffany! I will forward this on.
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Advocacy Update: Funding for Asthma Programs and Food Allergy Research, Protections for Students, and Action on Sesame Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
Great Strides in July 2020 for People With Asthma and Allergies AAFA has made great strides this month in advocating for policies that protect people with asthma and allergies. The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468) and the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act (H.R. 2117) . These have been top priority issues for our organization and we're excited for this progress! UPDATE...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

AAFA Community Services ·
Updated 7/16: The 2019 novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is still highly active through the U.S. Read the current recommendations for people with asthma including symptoms, wearing masks and effective disinfecting of surfaces.
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Re: House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

Nicolle ·
I am in support of much of this bill with the exception of coordination of care. No school should ever be involved in a child's coordination of care. That is to be left up to the parents and their care provider. Involving a school in the actual coordination of care would be a bridge too far.
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Re: House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

Kathy P ·
Hi Nicolle, School nurses are a vital part of the care team to help manage a child's asthma at school. Taking a coordinated team approach with the school nurse managing things at school is the best way to keep children safe at school. The nurse can communicate with both parents and teachers. They have a nursing background but are also part of the educational team. Every child with asthma should have an asthma action plan and some need additional accommodations in an IHCP or 504 plan and the...
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Re: House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

Sher ·
Efforts to reduce environmental triggers This is a missing piece in asthma education. Teachers, administrators, and even parents are lacking in knowledge of environmental triggers especially fragrance products, aerosols, disinfectants, and air fresheners. This bill needs to do more to give parents the ability to demand the cease of teachers from using toxic products in their classrooms.
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Re: House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

Nicolle ·
Dear Kathy, I am a parent of a now grown asthmatic child. There was never a school nurse on campus in elementary schools, rather there was an aid who would call me immediately if our son needed to use his nebulizer to dispense his albuterol. She was wonderful. The language around the school being part of the coordination of my child's care is alarming. The wording needs to be different because it sounds as if the school would be making decisions for the parent. Yours in health, Nicolle "Nikki"
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Re: House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

Kathy P ·
Thanks for sharing that experience Nicolle. I understand your your concern and there is no intention that the school would make decisions for the parent but rather a team approach. Studies show that for underserved kids, case management including school nurses can improve outcomes for kids with asthma. You read more in our Asthma Disparities Report (p143) - https://www.aafa.org/asthma-di...n-on-minorities.aspx
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Re: House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

Kathy P ·
Welcome Sher - reducing environmental triggers is very important. When schools better understand the sources of environmental triggers things like cleaning and fragrance, they can be addressed with policies to reduce exposure of students and staff.
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Re: House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

Compton ·
Welcome Anjwl to the community. I'm glad you're here to be part of the conversation. Best!
 
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