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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Breath eNewsletter

As summer temps go up, so does air pollution. High heat creates the right conditions for more smog, ozone, humidity and pollen – all things that can cause asthma symptoms. How can you beat the heat and manage your symptoms at the same time? Read our blog post on ways to deal with poor air quality and high heat

With a new school year right around the corner, it's time to start making plans with school staff to keep your child safe. Our school resources page has helpful tips, articles, webinars and downloadable resources for both you and your child's school. 

If your child has food allergies, share our Teal Classroom™ Kit with their teachers, school nurses and administration. The kit includes resources to help make classrooms safe and inclusive, like activity sheets, posters, stickers, food allergy awareness lessons and more.

A U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ban on smoking in public housing starts July 31, 2018. Tobacco can do a lot of damage to your health, especially if you have asthma. This smoking ban is a great step toward protecting and improving the health of those with asthma who live in rental properties. Learn more about the ban.

On July, 11, 2018, AAFA joined Moms Clean Air Force at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to voice concerns about climate change. Climate change is having harmful effects on health, especially on those with asthma and allergic conditions.

The event was a play-in, instead of a sit-in, with kids' activities, music and guest speakers. Hundreds came out to show support.

Read more about this family-friendly event.
News & Research

New Pediatric Asthma Yardstick Provides Health Care Professionals a Roadmap for Managing Asthma in Children

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) recently released new guidelines for health care professionals treating children with asthma. The guidelines outline treatment needed for each age group. Read the details about these important new guidelines.

Study Shows Anti-Viral Medicine Reduces Flu Symptoms in People With High-Risk Conditions, Like Asthma

An anti-viral medicine in Phase III of a clinical trial has shown to reduce flu symptoms in people at high risk for having complications from the flu. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause serious complications in certain groups of people, like people with asthma. Read more about how this medicine could be effective in reducing the risk of dangerous flu complications.
Community Support
It is important to stay up-to-date on news about asthma and allergies. By joining our community and following our blog, you will receive ongoing information about managing your health. Our community also provides an opportunity to connect with other people who manage asthma and allergies.
Check out this popular topic on our community support forums. Do you have any advice to share?

What Things Have You Let Go?
An asthma diagnosis can mean you have to make changes to manage it properly. Some changes may be simple, while others may be significant. How has your life changed after an asthma diagnosis? 

For a Healthier Home

Low-Odor Paint Offers a Healthier Solution for People With Asthma

Many paints have strong odors that can irritate the airways of people with asthma. Paints can also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be harmful to your health. EasyCare Ultra Premium Acrylic Latex paint by True Value recently received the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark. This paint was scientifically tested to make sure it is more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. Look for the Certification Mark on this paint and other items to help you reduce triggers and have a healthier home. 
How You Can Make a Difference
Around 60 million people in the U.S. have asthma and allergies. That’s more than diabetes, cancer, coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s combined. Through a donation to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, you can improve the lives of people with asthma and allergies. Your gift allows us to continue to offer life-saving information, support, advocacy and research to the millions managing these conditions every day. Your donation, no matter how small, makes a difference. Thank you!
Thank you for your continued support.
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