The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined with Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) to create the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. This program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. We test household products against strict standards. If products pass our tests, they earn the asthma & allergy friendly® mark.
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.
Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) met with the Department of Transportation alongside several disability advocacy groups. We discussed service animal regulations and the impact of growing numbers of emotional support animals on airlines. We shared how difficult it is to travel when you have asthma and/or pet dander allergy. We’re working together to ensure people are treated fairly when it comes to disability accommodations—and not privileging one disability type over another.
People with asthma have more treatment choices than ever before, and the FDA recently announced approval for the readmittance of Primatene Mist – an over-the-counter (OTC) epinephrine inhaler. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cautions patients to not stop their current asthma treatment nor start taking this OTC option without talking to their health care provider first.
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.
These are just a few things we were able to do this year for the asthma and allergy community because of you. But there is more for us to do to significantly reduce the burden of these diseases on people with asthma and allergies. And we can with your help.
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.
Kadesh Incorporation Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Puriton Eye Relief Drops Due to Non-Sterile Production Conditions For Immediate Release November 7, 2018 Contact Consumers Recall Department email@example.com Announcement Kadesh, Inc. of Garden Grove, CA is voluntarily recalling all lots of Puriton Eye Relief Drops, 0.5 oz. (15ml) bottle, UPC 7 36972 1679 0, to the consumer level. During a recent FDA inspection, investigators observed that ophthalmic drugs, which are required to be...
There is no cure for asthma, but with the proper diagnosis, medication and an asthma management plan, symptoms can be controlled. When not properly controlled asthma can be deadly. A study being presented at the 2017 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting called “Where Do Children with Asthma Die? A National Perspective from 2003 to 2014” seeks to address where and which demographics of children are dying because of asthma in the United States.
Living in a food desert – an urban area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food – means you’re at increased risk to have asthma. Children who were studied who did not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables had higher rates of asthma than children who did have access.
U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, was joined by 32 Senators in introducing legislation that would put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050.
If you’ve ever benefited from immunotherapy (allergy shots, SLIT or oral immunotherapy), you can thank Dr. Philip Sidney Norman. Dr. Norman put allergy research on the map. He is known as the “father of modern immunotherapy for allergic disease” and even coined the term “allergen immunotherapy.” As an allergist and researcher for more than 50 years, he published 237 research papers and more than 100 book chapters and reviews. And for many decades, he was an important part of AAFA.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants today announced the launch of their #TackleAsthma campaign to educate and inspire children with asthma. As part of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month this May, AAFA and Jennings are working to help families understand and manage the daily challenges of living with asthma.
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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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...
Health risks from pneumonia are potentially more dangerous than those related to the flu, but large segments of the population aren't being vaccinated against it — even those at highest risk of contracting the disease. They include infants, the elderly and those with chronic respiratory problems like asthma. Streptococcus pneumoniae (“pneumococcus”) is the bacterium responsible for almost a million cases and more than 50,000 deaths from pneumonia every year — twice as many as the number of...
In a joint effort to educate consumers about bedroom allergies and allergen-reduction solutions, Protect-A-Bed and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) have partnered on a national campaign to raise awareness of household allergens.
The latest research shows that there is no evidence of infection from allergy shots, also known as allergen immunotherapy. The threat of infection is one of the reasons cited in a proposal to restrict your access to allergy shots . In this study, researchers looked at the records of more than 3,000 patients from two large Massachusetts hospitals. The data spanned 10 years. Patients received over 130,000 shots. During that time, guess how many infections researchers traced back to the allergy...
Researchers analyzed 8 years of data and found that while overall systemic reactions have been declining, people with asthma were most at risk for them. Also no local skin infections or serious infections from injections were reported in 9.5 million injection visits.
What health issue did the study examine? Families who leave a hospital with prescriptions for asthma medicine sometimes do not fill them. That can cause return trips to the emergency room for treatment. What do we know about this issue so far? Some families have trouble filling prescriptions after a hospital visit because of a lack of transportation, time or health insurance. Some hospitals have given patients medicine before they leave in an effort to reduce the number of return visits and...
A study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found adolescents with asthma were twice as likely to smoke as kids without asthma. And they continue to smoke well into their teen years, even though they know smoking is particularly bad for their lungs.
QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is now available to patients by prescription! It is the first and only breath-actuated inhaled corticosteroid for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients ages 4 and older. QVAR® RediHaler™ is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler.
Dear Friends, One of the hardest things we do at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is have conversations with families who have lost loved ones to asthma. Our hearts break for them. We grieve along with them. After hearing these stories, we are determined to do even more for people with asthma and allergies. We understand that an asthma or allergy diagnosis can be a life-changing event. For those affected, we stand together, prepared not only to listen and to empathize, but also...
Keeping your asthma under control is a key part of staying healthy. Avoiding asthma triggers to prevent symptoms is important. So is carrying a quick-relief (rescue) inhaler everywhere you go. Long-term control medicines that you take every day help you prevent and control asthma symptoms. But asthma medicine can be expensive, whether or not you have insurance. If multiple members of your family have asthma, the cost is even greater. Your house may be stocked with different kinds of inhalers...
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.
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.
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.
Our government is voting on replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If the AHCA passes as it is written now, millions of Americans could lose access to health care. Learn how to take action.
Although about 10 percent of school-aged children in the United States have asthma, there are few comprehensive U.S. guidelines for treating pediatric asthma. The Pediatric Asthma Yardstick, a new guideline from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), offers a user-friendly “operational document”. It helps health care professionals understand which controller treatments are right for which age groups and identifies when a step up is needed.
On Jan. 19, 2018, the New York City Council passed the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B). This is a big step toward creating asthma-friendly rental housing that can improve the lives of many in New York.
The New York City Council is considering the Asthma-Free Housing Act of 2015 We know the environment can play a strong role in our health. But for patients with chronic conditions like asthma, a healthy indoor setting is critical. Indoor health hazards can all be asthma triggers . These hazards include mold, dust and pests (cockroaches, dust mites). Healthy indoor settings are a vital part of managing and controlling asthma. In large urban cities, older buildings and housing issues can often...
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Wow- this came as quite a surprise that the old inhaler is no longer available. The email and letter I received in the mail introducing the inhaler said NOTHING about discontinuing the old inhaler. Only through this post did I learn this. Extremely upsetting business practice on behalf of Teva. Does anyone have experience with this inhaler? My daughter is only 3 years old and we use a spacer- since this can't be used with a spacer just wondering how well it works for the little ones. Any...
That would be a great question to ask your doc -- but I understand why you wouldn't want to have an appointment just for this question. Why not put a call into the doctor's office and talk with the nurse? Or email your doctor through your portal? Another possibility: could you reach out to your pharmacist? Or if you guys use a respiratory therapist, to them? My pediatrician talked to us about going to a dry powder inhaler that didn't require a spacer because so often parents and kids don't...
My Qvar prescription is setup for auto-refill at Walgreens. A couple of days ago it was supposed to be refilled and the status changed to out of stock and backorder. A few days later it was filled and when I went in to pick it up, the pharmacist said something like the manufacturer changed. When I got home I discovered my prescription was changed to the new Qvar RediHaler. I'm looking forward to trying it out but I won't know for another 20 days until I use up my old Qvar.
Teva Pharmaceuticals and other inhaler manufacturers need to make an inhaler product that does NOT have these serious side effects. No Glaucoma, Cataracts, Adrenal Insufficiency, etc. wanted by me (SEE WARNINGS listed above). Jenny H. - Please Note: Product described above says 4 years of age and older.
Ann - it's very frustrating when meds have potential long term side effects. It's are really hard position for everyone with asthma to have to balance the trade off of meds to manage their asthma and potential side effects.
I use the QVAR respihaler too and for me, not having propellant in it made a huge difference. My lungs have never liked the prolellant but I've always managed because the steroid component took care of the issues I had but the new respihaler is MUCH better for me.
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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