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New for 2023: Allergy Capitals™ Report

AAFA has released the 2023 Allergy Capitals report. This report lists the top 100 most challenging cities to live in with seasonal allergies. Wichita, Kansas, is the #1 Allergy Capital for 2023. 

That's not all our report includes. AAFAʼs annual report raises awareness of the burden of seasonal allergies on people and their communities. This year's report also has information on:

✔️Self-care steps for people with allergic rhinitis
✔️Impacts of climate change and urban heat islands
✔️The importance of pollen sensors

Read the report to see where your city ranks.

What Does the Albuterol Shortage Mean for People with Asthma?

Recent news of an albuterol shortage may be concerning for people with asthma. It's important to understand that this albuterol shortage only applies to the liquid medicine, not albuterol inhalers. This shortage is primarily impacting hospitals and outpatient clinics using nebulized albuterol. AAFA is continuing to monitor this situation and will provide updates as we learn more. Read more about the shortage.

Asthma's Impact on Relationships

A recent survey conducted by AAFA and Amgen confirms that asthma impacts personal and professional relationships. 

  • 56% of people with asthma said they do not share their asthma status if they don’t have to.

  • Four out of five people with asthma say their family and friends are not very involved in their asthma management.

  • Nearly half (47%) of people with asthma feel that friends, family, and significant others don’t consider their condition when planning social gatherings.

Read what else we learned from the survey results and learn ways to open and improve communication with friends, family, and coworkers about your asthma

Fight Pollen by Improving Your Indoor Air

While the pollen may be increasing outside, you can improve the air inside to help reduce your overall exposure to asthma and allergy triggers. Our interactive Healthier Home checklist combined with using CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products can help you have a healthier indoor environment, as well as reduce allergens. 


Ask the EPA to Strengthen the Soot Pollution Standards

We need your help to secure cleaner air! Breathing in soot or particle pollution can make asthma worse. It can cause health problems, such as reduced lung function and more asthma attacks. Ask the EPA to clean our air, advance environmental justice, and protect our health by implementing stronger standards. Use the widget on our blog to send a letter to the EPA.

Ask Congress to Protect School Children with Asthma

Help protect children with asthma and allergies by supporting funding for healthy school environments. We have a simple tool on our blog you can use to send a letter to your lawmakers. Learn how you can take action.


Can I Have Backyard Chickens If I Have Asthma?

Recent egg supply issues have caused many people to consider getting backyard chickens. But are they safe for people with asthma? Allergist Dr. John James shares information you need to know if you are considering adding a flock to your yard.

Are There Treatments For Long COVID That Affects Breathing?

Is long COVID affecting your breathing? Dr. James shares some thoughts on managing breathing issues with long COVID.

If you have a question about asthma or allergies, you can send it to our Ask the Allergist service. You can also chat with other people with asthma and allergies on our online community for support.


Are You Active Military or a Veteran with Asthma? 

AAFA has a peer support group for military members, veterans, and their families who manage asthma. Learn about asthma, including the causes, symptoms, treatments, and triggers. Share and get support for asthma-related issues during active or reserve military service, disability for asthma caused by exposure during service (i.e., burn pits), managing care and treatment when transferring to a new post, choosing the right Tricare insurance level to make sure you have access to specialists, accessing VA benefits, and more! Learn more at


Today! Managing CSU – Webinar

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has joined with PlatformQ Health and MedLive for an educational program, “It’s Not in Your Head! How to Manage Your Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria and Feel Better.” The one-hour live interactive session will take place Today, March 27, at 4 p.m. Eastern.

During the program, you’ll learn more about:

  • Types of urticaria
  • Difficulty diagnosing

  • First-line treatment options

  • Signs that you should change treatment

  • Biologics and how they affect chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU)

  • The role of type 2 inflammation

If you miss the live session, you can watch it later on demand.

The expert panel will answer questions from the audience during the session. Submit your questions now until the start of the webinar.



Your generous support makes it possible for us to provide life-saving and life-changing programs for the more than 65 million people living with asthma and allergies in the United States. AAFA’s comprehensive, evidence-based information and programming promote a better understanding of these diseases to empower people with asthma and allergies and providers with knowledge to improve outcomes.
Please consider supporting AAFA. Your gift can save lives and reduce the burden of these diseases — we couldn’t do it without you.


Did You Miss Our Previous Newsletter?

Check out our previous issue to learn about asthma and allergy leaders who are working to change asthma disparities, asthma and dental health, and more. 

Thank you for your continued support.

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