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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Breath eNewsletter
Fall brings to mind changing leaves, football, pumpkin spice lattes... and ragweed. Ragweed - one of the most abundant weeds - joins pigweed, mold and other allergens to make the season miserable for a large number of Americans. And where you live can make managing fall allergies even more challenging. But there is hope. Read our Fall Allergy Capitals 2018 report to see if your city made the list and learn some ways to get relief. 
When it comes to asthma, September has a bad reputation for being the month with the most asthma attacks and asthma-related hospitalizations. Several common asthma triggers all spike at once, putting people with asthma at greater risk. But even though September is almost over, many of these triggers are still high through the fall months. See our tips to protect yourself and reduce your chances of an asthma flare.
For most families, the scary parts of Halloween are make-believe. But when your child has asthma or allergies, the nightmare of an asthma attack or anaphylaxis is very real. With the right knowledge and planning, you can put the fun back into Halloween. Try some of these ideas:
Help everyone enjoy Halloween with our TEALOWEEN Kit. It includes:
  • A TEALOWEEN drawstring bag
  • 10 #KeepItTeal silicone bracelets
  • Free PDF download that includes “This is a Teal Zone” poster and pumpkin carving stencil
Order yours before Oct. 17, 2018!
Advocating for People With Asthma and Allergies
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have proposed the SAFE Vehicles Rule. This rule would rollback current clean car standards, which would threaten the quality of our air and our climate. Poor air quality and climate change are both major factors in asthma rates and exacerbations.

The NHTSA and EPA are taking comments from the public on the proposed policy now through Oct. 23, 2018. Submit your comments to urge our legislators to protect our air quality and those with asthma.
News & Research

AAFA Applauds Walgreens and Kaléo Partnership, Increasing Patient Access to Life-Saving Epinephrine

Earlier this month, Walgreens and kaléo worked together to help relieve issues many people have had trying to fill their auto-injector prescriptions. AUVI-Q, kaléo's epinephrine auto-injector, is now available across the country at Walgreens locations. AAFA is thrilled about this effort to make life-saving medicine more available.

Medication Recall: Montelukast Tablets from Camber Pharmaceuticals for Incorrect Drug in Bottle

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about a recall of montelukast sodium tablets from Camber Pharmaceuticals. Certain bottles had the drug losartan instead. Read the release to see if you are affected.

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Tezepelumab for Severe Asthma

The FDA has given Breakthrough Therapy Designation to a tezepelumab, a possible new treatment for severe asthma. This designation helps speed up the development so people with severe asthma can have quicker access to important treatments as soon as possible. Learn more about this potential new asthma treatment.
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?

And Cue Weed Season!
Are fall weeds, like ragweed and pigweed, causing your allergies to flare up? If so, you are not alone! Share the ways you are keeping your allergies in check this fall.

I'm New and Scared
A new asthma diagnosis can be both confusing and overwhelming. Visit our community to comfort one of our new members who just received a diagnosis and is trying to make sense of it all.

For a Healthier Home

Get Better Control of Indoor Allergens With CERTIFIED Dusting Cloths

Dust mites, beware! Guardsman® Dusting Cloths have been CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®! Many dusting products spread allergens back into the air instead of trapping them. Thorough scientific testing has shown the cloths are effective at removing dust that can contain allergens, like pet dander and dust mites, that can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. 
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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