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Be Part of the Future of Food Allergy Treatment (Video)

Update for Sept. 9, 2021: If you missed the live session, watch the recording on YouTube. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , as a founding member of the Food Allergy Collaborative , invites you to join us on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, for a patient-focused drug development (PFDD) meeting for food allergy. What : Food allergy PFDD meeting When : Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET RSVP : Register now to watch the live stream. You can join the live stream at any...

Share Our Teal Classroom: Food Allergy Awareness Kit With Your Child’s School to Promote Allergy-Friendly Classrooms

Update as of Sept. 2, 2021: We have updated our Teal Classroom™: Food Allergy Awareness Kit! This version includes updated resources, such as posters, stickers, activity sheets, educational information, and more. Each school year, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) wants to help parents, teachers, and school staff create healthy and inclusive learning environments for children with food allergies. One resource we offer to school staff is our Teal Classroom™: Food Allergy Awareness Kit . It is...

Support Is an Important Part of Food Allergy Management

Managing your child’s food allergies can feel overwhelming. But the support of a community can make a world of difference. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is dedicated to saving lives and reducing the burden of food allergies through support, advocacy, education, and research. One way we do that is by offering support through our KFA community. Helping your child avoid the food they are allergic to is not always enough. Getting support is an important part of food allergy management. Support...

People With Food Allergies Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Updates as of Aug. 26, 2021: FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine The importance of continuing to wear a mask even if you are vaccinated As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our community. On Aug. 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine – the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine . It will now be marketed under the name Comirnaty [koe-MIR-nah-tee] for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in people 16 years of age and...

Preparing for a New School Year When Your Child Has Food Allergies

When your child has food allergies, preparing for a new school year takes extra work and planning. But prepping in advance can go a long way toward helping your child and their school staff prevent food allergy reactions and have a great school year. Use these tips to get ready for the new school year before it starts. Communicate with the school about your child’s food allergies. Start as early as possible – over the spring or summer before the next school year. It’s a good idea to contact...

AAFA Launches Ask the Allergist Knowledge Base

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has launched our new Ask the Allergist knowledge base . Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is the food allergy division of AAFA. For more than 20 years, AAFA’s board-certified allergists have answered your allergy and asthma questions through our Ask the Allergist service. Now we have compiled the most common questions people have submitted, along with their responses, into a searchable knowledge base. It includes questions and answers on food...

AAFA Marks Day of Remembrance for Lives Lost to Asthma and Food Allergies

On this final Friday of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), our food allergy division, are holding a Remembrance Day in honor of family members and loved ones who’ve died from asthma or allergies. On average, more than 3,500 Americans die from asthma each year. 1 An estimated 200 also die each year because of severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis [anna-fih-LACK-sis]. 2 These death rates...

8 Facts About Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)

White blood cells are the superheroes of our immune systems. They fight the “bad guys” – infections, bacteria, parasites, and diseases. But sometimes, these superheroes get confused about who they are supposed to fight. When that happens, your immune system might overreact to things that are supposed to be good, like food. One type of white blood cell called an eosinophil [EE-oh-sin-oh-FILL] is an immune system superhero that can cause issues when too many of them collect in one area of your...

Activity Book Teaches Kids About Food Allergies and Asthma

Help your kids learn about food allergies and asthma in a way they can easily understand. “Ally & Andy’s Awesome Asthma and Allergy Activities” book (available in English and Arabic ) is a fun way for your child to learn about the basics of food allergies and asthma in a story format, with coloring pages, puzzles, and other activities. Your child can do the activities on their own, or you can do them together. About 5.6 million children in the U.S. have food allergies. 1 And children...

Food Allergy 101: Reactions, Diagnosis, Management, and Epinephrine (Twitter Chat)

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) hosted a Twitter chat on food allergies on May 11, 2021. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and David Stukus, MD , associate professor and Director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, joined us to answer common questions about food allergy reactions, diagnosis, management, and epinephrine. Below are some highlights from the chat. To see more, search for the hashtag...

Asthma and Allergy Myths, Busted! Food Allergy Edition

Dr. M. Itch had joined us to bust some food allergy myths as part of his Asthma and Allergy Myths, Busted! series. For part 3, he tackles food allergy misconceptions. If you missed our other videos on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) blog, take some time to check those videos out too: Part 1: Face Masks, Inhalers, and Climate Change Part 2: Home Allergy Tests, Caffeine, Adult Asthma, and Food Allergies and COVID-19 Vaccines Part 3: Food Allergies: Milk Allergies, Babies...

New AAFA Research Aims to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Severe Allergic Reactions in Infants and Toddlers

Recognizing Severe Allergic Reactions in Infants and Toddlers Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening if not treated quickly and properly. But the signs and symptoms can be hard to recognize, especially in infants and toddlers. One of the biggest challenges is that this age group is nonverbal. Infants cannot talk about their symptoms, so parents and doctors may not notice or identify the signs of an allergic reaction. Research also suggests infants and toddlers...

One Gift to Help Kids With Food Allergies Can Have Twice the Impact During May

One in 13 children has food allergies, and living with food allergies is not easy. Parents and caregivers who work to keep children safe from food allergy reactions rely on life-saving education and support. During National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, you can help us provide a vital lifeline for families. When you donate to Kids With Food Allergies, Neocate® will match each gift to KFA dollar to dollar from May 1-31, 2021, up to $5,000. That means your donation can have double the...

Food Allergy Awareness Week: Saving Lives Through Education

May 9-15, 2021, is Food Allergy Awareness Week . This time each year, the food allergy community comes together to raise awareness. This year, we’re working to dispel myths and misconceptions about food allergies. Food Allergy Awareness Week starts on Mother’s Day. KFA recognizes the diligence that goes into managing food allergies. Label reading, cooking food from scratch, doctor’s appointments, and working with schools on care plans are just some of the many things you do. We wish moms...

2021 Asthma Capitals™ Report: AAFA Ranks the Top 100 Most Challenging Places in the U.S. to Live With Asthma

Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. And since it’s an allergic disease, it’s also common in children with food allergies. Both conditions are part of a progression of allergic diseases called the “ allergic march .” There are several factors involved in the development of asthma. Genetics, exposure to tobacco smoke, and illnesses can play a role. But community factors may influence who develops asthma and how they are able to manage it. On May 5, 2021 – World Asthma Day – the...

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