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Asthma Week

Asthma Overview

This portal provides information about asthma, its causes, diagnoses and treatment, and prevention strategies, with links to multi-media and tools that promote patient adherence.

Common Asthma Triggers

People with asthma have inflamed airways which are sensitive to things which may not bother other people. These things are "triggers." Asthma triggers vary from person to person. Some people react to only a few while others react to many. This resource provides a fantastic explanation about many asthma triggers.

Common Asthma Symptoms

Asthma is a chronic disease that inflames the airways. This means that people with asthma generally have inflammation that is long lasting and needs managing. An asthma episode, also called an asthma flare-up or asthma attack, can happen at any time. Mild symptoms may only last a few minutes while more severe asthma symptoms can last hours or days. Select the link above to find out more.

Asthma Prevention

For people with asthma, having an asthma management plan is the best way to prevent symptoms. An asthma management plan is something developed by you and your doctor to help you control your asthma, instead of your asthma controlling you. 

Asthma Capitals

Asthma Capitals
There is no place free from asthma triggers, but which cities are more challenging places to live than others?  The Asthma Capitals Report identifies the 100 most challenging metro areas to live in the U.S.

Allergy Overview

This portal provides information about allergies, their causes, diagnosis and treatment, and prevention strategies to help individuals who experience allergies.

Types of Allergies

An allergy occurs when your body's immune system sees a certain substance as harmful. It reacts by causing an allergic reaction. Substances that cause allergic reactions are allergens. There are many types of allergies. Some allergies are seasonal and others are year-round. Some allergies may be life-long.

Allergy Symptoms

An allergy occurs when the body's immune system sees a substance as harmful and overreacts to it. The symptoms that result are an allergic reaction. The substances that cause allergic reactions are allergens. Allergens can get into your body many ways to cause an allergic reaction.

Allergy Treatment

Good allergy treatment is based on your medical history, the results of your allergy tests and the severity of  your symptoms. It can include three treatment types: avoiding allergens, medicine options and/or immunotherapy (allergens given as a shot or placed under the tongue).

Allergy Prevention

An allergy management plan is key to preventing allergic reactions. It is also necessary to control your allergies. Work with your doctor to create your allergy management plan. Learn how!

Allergy Capitals
Allergy Captials

There is no place safe from allergies in America, and some cities are more problematic than others are.  The Allergy Capitals Report identifies "the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies".  AAFA reports these ranking in the spring and fall seasons each year based on scientific analysis of three factors for the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S.


Rashad Jennings battled life-threatening asthma as a child and recovered to achieve his dream of playing professional football. Deep inside, he still thinks of himself as a child with asthma. So the New York Giants running back is pairing with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America to motivate children who, like him, do their best to stay healthy in the face of this chronic illness.

Certified Products

Certified Products

The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program was created by top medical experts and AAFA to empower consumers to make informed purchase decisions when choosing allergen-avoidance products. The Certification Program independently tests and identifies consumer products that are more suitable for the 60+ million people in the United States living with asthma and related allergies.

Find Valuable Asthma and Allergy Help Through AAFA's Online Support Communities

AAFA offers valuable online community support groups providing resources that directly help individuals living with asthma and or allergic disease, as well as their families, friends and caregivers. Repeatedly recognized by independent review organizations, AAFA's online support communities provide a rich source for fellowship and help.

Learn More About You Can do to Impact Change in Policy Decisions

Join millions of people affected by asthma and allergies to develop and implement public policies.

Become An Advocate!

Join millions of people affected by asthma and allergies to develop and implement public policies in your own city and across the nation to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans.

AAFA Clinical Trial Resource Center

You can be the difference in finding better treatments and cures for asthma and allergies by volunteering for a research clinical trial.  Click here for more information about research and current clinical trial opportunities.

Food Allergies

Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of AAFA, is a respected patient organization with the largest online community for families raising children with food allergies.

FREE! Asthma Management and Education Course for Health Professionals offering continuing education credits for RNs and RRTs.  
This online course is for health professionals who teach and care for patients with asthma. The content follows the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) 2007 Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

FREE! Provider Education Materials to Support Parents with Young Children Living with Asthma

This interactive program is for health professionals who teach parents of young children about managing asthma. Use it during home visits, one-on-one or in group classes for parents in child care centers.

ATS Breathing in America Book

The Breathing in America: Diseases, Progress, and Hope compilationbriefly describes respiratory diseases and the progress that is being made in the quest to find their cures.