On May 7, 2019, World Asthma Day, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its 2019 Asthma Capitals Report™. This report ranks the top 100 most challenging places in America to live with asthma. Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA.
Each May since 1984, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to teaching others about asthma and allergies to create more awareness and understanding. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of AAFA. May 12-18, 2019, is also Food Allergy Awareness Week. During this week, we focus on spreading information about what it’s like to manage food allergies and raise awareness about anaphylaxis,
It is World Allergy Week and this year’s theme is The Global Problem of Food Allergy. To help us take action on food allergies, we are seeking 1,000 individuals to fill out a survey that may take 15-30 minutes to complete (the length of the survey depends on your answers).
College students with food allergies now have an easier way to find safe meal choices. This is thanks to a recent agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has joined with the Allergy & Asthma Network, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Food Allergy Research & Education to issue a statement about the current government shut down and its impact on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) review of food allergy therapies.
School is a common place for children to experience anaphylaxis – a serious allergic reaction. But the Weatherford Independent School District in Texas recently took a step backward. They created a policy that guides staff to give Benadryl® for severe allergic reactions, instead of unassigned stock epinephrine. But this goes against medical evidence.
For people with food allergies, accurate food labels are important. Ingredient labels became clearer when the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act went into effect in 2006 – at least for those allergic to one of the top eight major food allergens. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans as major food allergens.
Sesame labeling has been a common topic in the news and our community recently. We wanted to give you an update on progress we’ve made advocating for better sesame labeling.
Karen Harris has managed allergies all her life. She was diagnosed with a tree nut allergy and oral allergy syndrome as a child. As an adult, she developed asthma and a soy allergy . She has three kids between the ages of 10 and 23. They all have asthma and/or allergies. Her oldest daughter, Lauryn, is also allergic to tree nuts. Her son, Layne, is allergic to insects. And her youngest daughter, Mika, is allergic to tree nuts , milk , eggs , most grains and some seeds. They all carry...
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the premiere nonprofit representing patients with asthma and allergies, applauds the recent request for information and statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demonstrating its commitment to explore the classification of sesame as a major allergen. Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA.
Eczema is common among children with food allergies. That's not surprising since they are both caused by reactions of the immune system. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common form of eczema. Many people think of it as “dry skin” or “sensitive skin.” But people who don't know about AD aren't aware of the social, emotional and financial impact it can have on families who manage it.
Sesame allergy ranks ninth in prevalence behind the top 8 allergens. But manufacturers are not required to clearly label sesame on their products. It can even go unlabeled under terms like “spices” and “natural flavoring.” This is very distressing as reactions to sesame can be among the most severe for adults and children. We are asking community members who have had an adverse reaction to sesame, or care for someone who has, to share their story with the FDA.
For the past few months, many members of our community have had trouble filling prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors. Some have been affected by shortages due to manufacturing issues. Others have been given one auto-injector when two have been prescribed, as decided by their insurance company. Families are walking away from pharmacies empty-handed, or driving miles out of their way to fill their prescription
On July 11, 2018, moms and their children will host the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) will join Moms Clean Air Force on the U.S. Capital Grounds in Washington, D.C., to support action against climate change. The family-friendly event will have kids’ activities, music and speakers. Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA.
Have you had trouble reading USDA food labels for top 8 allergens (milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish)? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Inspection Service regulates meat, poultry, processed egg products and certain foods that contain these products. AAFA needs your story about the challenges of reading these labels to submit to the USDA to prove the need for clearer allergen labeling for the top 8 allergens.