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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Breath eNewsletter

Are you an adult with asthma or the parent of a child with asthma? Do you have private health insurance? Tell us about your experiences paying for asthma care!

We are conducting a research study to learn how people with asthma view the costs of asthma care. Participate in a 45-minute phone interview and receive a $50 gift card.

To learn more and find out if you qualify to participate, call 1-855-565-9923
(9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST) or visit

AFFORD (Asthma in Families Facing Out-of-pocket Requirements with Deductibles) is a project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Did you know there are other conditions that have many asthma-like symptoms? If you have asthma symptoms, but your asthma treatment plan isn’t working, you might have another condition. It’s important to get the right diagnosis. Learn about other conditions that mimic asthma, and download a discussion guide to take to your next doctor’s appointment.

The new “Peter Rabbit” movie made headlines recently – but not for being a box-office hit. The movie contained a scene that young children with food allergies might find upsetting. In response, AAFA and Kids With Food Allergies wrote an open letter to the makers of the film asking for a chance to talk about ways to positively show food allergies in movies and TV shows. Read how to talk to your child about “Peter Rabbit” and help us raise positive awareness about food allergies.

News & Research

New Daily Maintenance Asthma Treatment Now Available

Teva is pleased to announce that its new daily maintenance asthma treatment is now available to patients by prescription. This innovative device was designed to be “spacer-free” (do not use with a spacer) and does not require shaking or priming. 

Childhood Asthma Outcomes Are Improving but More Needs to Be Done

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new report on asthma in children this month. The report shows that hospitalizations are down, children with asthma are missing fewer days of school, and more children are getting asthma action plans and treatment. But asthma rates are still high, especially among low-income and minority children. 
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?

Any Suggestions for How to Feel Better When You Feel You Can’t Breathe?
When this member’s asthma is flaring due to the weather, she takes her medicine to feel better. But sometimes she’s left tired and still not feeling well. What tips can you share?

Hoarseness Related to Corticosteroid Use?
Have you experienced hoarseness from corticosteroid use? What have you done to make your throat feel better?

So Where Do You Keep Your Inhaler During the Day?
Keeping your rescue medicine with you during the day is important. For a teen girl, this can be a challenge. How do you carry your medicine?

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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