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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Breath eNewsletter

If you have asthma, pollen allergies or food allergies, you may want to take some precautions during your spring celebrations and traditions. Use these tips to keep you and your family safe from things that might trigger symptoms.
If you are preparing an Easter basket for your child with food allergies, check out our 2018 Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide.

Did you know an allergy to birch pollen may cause some to have a mild allergic reaction to some foods? This condition is called oral allergy syndrome. Learn about its symptoms and some of the foods that can cause a reaction.

Austin Dodds was a friendly, active 16-year-old when he suddenly passed away from an asthma attack in 2016. In his honor, Meredith Dodds is working to spread asthma awareness. Read this family’s inspiring story about how they are using Austin’s legacy to help others.

News & Research

AAFA Study Shows a Higher Burden of Disease for Patients with Adult- and Late Childhood-Onset Atopic Dermatitis

This study done by AAFA and the National Eczema Association found that late-onset atopic dermatitis (eczema) has a greater impact on quality of life than early childhood-onset atopic dermatitis. Read about the results of the study.

Report Shows Increase in Childhood Allergy Rates and Severe Allergic Reactions

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association recently released a report about rising allergy rates among children. The study shows that 18 percent of children now have allergies, and the number of children at risk for a severe allergic reaction went up 104 percent.

EPA Works to Reduce Air Pollution in 32 States by Improving Older School Buses

To improve air quality for school children, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded funds to schools in 32 states so they can replace or improve older diesel school buses to reduce emissions.
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 these popular topics on our community support forums. Do you have any advice to share?

What Are Your Tips for Hotel Stays and How to Prevent Asthma Flare-Ups?
When traveling, do you find hotels have many triggers that cause your asthma to flare? Share your tips and tricks for preventing asthma flare-ups while on the road.

Spring Allergy Check-In!
It's officially spring, but spring pollen got a head start. Many across the U.S. are already feeling the affects of pollen. Check in and tell us how you're managing your pollen allergies.

Look for This Mark When You Shop
Many products claim to help those with asthma and allergies, but not all of them do. If you buy Certified asthma & allergy friendly® products, you know you are getting products that are scientifically tested to be suitable for those with asthma and allergies. Through our program, you’ll find Certified products #forahealthierhome like air cleaners, bedding, cleaning products, toys and more.
How You Can Make a Difference
Sixty 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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