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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Breath eNewsletter
Actress Vicki Lawrence is one of approximately 1.5 million Americans living with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), a form of chronic hives with no known cause. We were live with Vicki, allergist Dr. Neeta Ogden and AAFA spokesperson Angel Waldron as Vicki shared her story about living with CIU. Together, they answered questions and shared information about CIU. The Facebook Live was hosted in collaboration with Genentech and Novartis. To watch the video, visit our Facebook page

Please speak with an allergist for treatment options. Our conversation did not cover these options.
If you missed our live educational program on Nov. 8, you can now access the full video program on-demand! The session features a panel discussion between eczema specialists and real patients, and explores the causes of eczema, medicines and lifestyle habits that can help, how to communicate with care teams and participate in treatment decisions, tips for addressing the social and financial burdens than can accompany eczema, other conditions that often come along with eczema, and more. Register to see the recording of the event.
AAFA recently elected Dr. Richard K. Murray, MD, FACP, as our new board chair. He has served as a leader on AAFA's board of directors since 2016. Please help us welcome Dr. Murray as our new chairman.
Left to right: Heidi Bayer, immediate past Board Chair; Kenneth Mendez, President and CEO; and Dr. Richard Murray, new Board Chair.
Advocating for People With Asthma and Allergies
We have made a lot of progress over the years advocating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to have sesame included as a top allergen on labels. But we still have more to do, and we need your help. Read the timeline of our progress to improve sesame labeling and learn how to share your story with the FDA. 
News & Research

ACAAI Releases New Asthma and Allergy Research Findings

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) recently held their annual conference. During the conference, they released breaking news related to asthma and allergies. Here is some of the latest news on asthma and allergies:

AAFA Issues Statement on FDA Approval of Primatene Mist for Mild Asthma

The FDA recently approved Primatene Mist, an over-the-counter asthma inhaler, to be sold again. With this announcement, AAFA urges people with asthma to not stop their current asthma treatment or take Primatene Mist without talking to their asthma care provider first. Read AAFA's statement for more information.
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 this popular topic on our community support forums. Do you have any advice to share?

Decorating for the Holidays!
As you prepare for the holidays, what steps are you taking to control triggers and stay safe? Are dusty decorations an issue for you? What about a real tree vs. an artificial one? Let our members know your strategy for a symptom-free holiday.

For a Healthier Home

Short Film Features How Housing Impacts Health

Through the Healthier Home Initiative, the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia worked to improve the indoor air of several families in the Philadelphia who manage asthma. We released a short documentary about the asthma crisis in Philadelphia. Watch the story of one little girl and her mother as they manage asthma.
How You Can Make a Difference
Javan Allison, age 10, loves to play football, baseball, basketball, run track and is an author! He likes to build things with his hands and his favorite subject is math. He also has asthma, eczema, and several allergies. Despite the best efforts of he and his mom, Monique, his asthma attacks result in a trip to the emergency room at least once a year.

You can help.

AAFA needs your support so we can continue to save lives and reduce asthma deaths. People like Javan and Monique need support and education. All those with asthma and allergies need someone to advocate on their behalf. Conducting and supporting more research can help everyone better understand asthma. It can also help researchers develop better treatments.

Your gift can save lives. Please donate today.
Thank you for your continued support.
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