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Working Toward a More Equitable Future

In honor of Black History Month, we spoke with three people who are making a major impact toward reducing asthma and allergy disparities in their communities and throughout the United States. Read their stories:

Improving Care for School Children in Communities at High Risk for Asthma


AAFA Michigan Chapter board member and Attendance Works' Senior Fellow for Health, Dr. Elliott Attisha discusses how Detroit and other communities can improve youth asthma outcomes. Learn more about their program on our blog.

Ask the Senate to Protect Children with Food Allergies

The Protecting Children with Food Allergies Act would require training for school food staff to prevent, identify, and respond to food-related allergic reactions. AAFA is proud to have worked with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) as they drafted this important bill. We now need your help to make this bill a law. Use the widget on our blog to contact your senator.

The Asthma and Oral Health Connection

Many asthma control inhalers have medicines called corticosteroids (“steroids”). When the medicine stays in your mouth, it may cause problems with your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. It’s important to rinse and spit after using a steroid inhaler to prevent dry mouth, thrush, and cavities. Learn more asthma medicine tips.

Families Managing Asthma in Four U.S. Cities Receive Products to Help Make Their Homes Healthier

To support AAFA’s HEAL Innovation program, Pegasus Home Fashions, Rabbit Air, and Renegade Brands have generously donated their CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products. The overall goal of AAFA's HEAL Innovation program is to reduce asthma deaths and illness among high-risk populations. The donated CERTIFIED products will be given to program participants with asthma to help make their homes healthier. AAFA thanks these companies for the impact they are making in the lives of families living with asthma.


February Updates in Asthma and Allergy Research

There are many exciting research updates for the asthma and allergy community! Read about the latest opportunities to make a difference and get involved in research for asthma, nasal polyps, and chronic hives. Our blog also includes a summary of new research just released during the 2023 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology conference. Visit our blog to see new asthma and allergy research updates.

TEZSPIRE® Approved for Self-Administration in the U.S. with a New Pre-Filled Pen

The FDA has recently approved TEZSPIRE® pre-filled pen in the U.S. for self-administration. TEZSPIRE is the only biologic approved for severe asthma with no phenotype (eosinophilic or allergic) or biomarker limitation within its approved label. Read more about this latest treatment for severe asthma.


Is My Medicine Causing Changes in My Sleep?

Has a change in asthma medicine ever affected your sleep? Allergist Dr. John James shares insight into what to do if you notice a change in your sleep patterns with a new asthma inhaler.

Are Duck Eggs Safe for Someone with an Egg Allergy?

Could duck eggs be an option for people who have an egg allergy? Dr. James breaks down this topic.

If you have a question about asthma or allergies, you can send it to our Ask the Allergist service.


Are Biologics Worth It?

Have you tried a biologic treatment? If so, one community member would like to hear more personal experiences.

Thoughts on Sinus Surgery

If you are considering surgery for chronic sinus issues, you know how serious of a decision it can be. Share your thoughts on sinus surgery with our community.

Would you like to connect with other people who know what it is like to live with asthma or allergies? Join our online community for support.


Your generous support makes it possible for us to provide life-saving and life-changing programs for the more than 60 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 issues to learn about our updated food allergy website and community, types of asthma medicines, exercise and asthma, and more. 

Thank you for your continued support.

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