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Bert's Blog™

Bert's Blog™ features anything and everything to do with what is more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. The blog also presents information for manufacturers aiming to provide products and services for those patients with asthma and allergic diseases.

Bert takes the science of certification and talks about it with you so that all can better understand what it means to be Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. He will also discuss tips, asthma and allergy news and resources, Q&As, newly certified products and services, and more.

Bert's Blog™ will occasionally feature guest bloggers from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) who will talk about manufacturer tips, new Certification Standards, and industry news.

Is Your Pet Asthma and Allergy Friendly?

Is Your Pet Asthma and Allergy Friendly

Americans love pets. About 44 percent of U.S. households have dogs. And 35 percent have cats. We love them so much that we spent almost $67 billion last year to keep our pets healthy, happy and groomed.
Here’s another pet statistic that might surprise you: as many as three in 10 people with allergies are allergic to cats and dogs.

Why Am I Allergic to My Pet?

How can so many of us be allergic to such adorable creatures? It’s simple. Our body reacts to proteins in their saliva, urine and dander (dead skin cells).
Contrary to popular belief, pet hair itself is not an allergen. But fur does help spread all of these allergens around. Animal allergens are sticky, so they like to hang onto the fur. That fur then ends up on your clothes, on your carpet, under your furniture… well, pretty much everywhere.

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5 Allergens and Triggers That Could be Hiding in Your College Dorm Room

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If you are starting college this fall, congratulations! This is an exciting time with your future ahead of you. But as you enroll in classes, learn your way around campus and make new friends, have you stopped to plan to make your dorm room ready for your asthma or allergies?

1. Dust Mites
Dust mites make terrible roommates. They like to make you itch, sniffle and sneeze, and maybe even wheeze if you have allergic asthma. You probably have a lot of these tiny, yet pesky, creatures in a dorm room. They are probably hanging out in the carpets, mattresses, curtains and under furniture.

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4 Ways to Avoid Asthma and Allergy Triggers When Vacationing in a Summer Rental

4 Ways to Avoid Asthma and Allergy Triggers When Vacationing in a Summer Rental

Vacation is a chance to escape from your normal routine. But it may not be an escape from asthma and allergy triggers.
If you are staying in a summer rental home, cabin or condo, here are tips to make it more asthma & allergy friendly®.

  1. Before you book, consider your allergies and what features and policies may work best for you. For example, if you are allergic to pet dander, look for a rental with a no-pet policy. Browse through the rental’s photos. Is there wall-to-wall carpeting? You’ll want to look for a rental that has tile, laminate or hardwood floors.
  2. Bring your own bedding. There’s a good chance your rental won’t have Certified asthma & allergy friendly® mattress and pillow covers to keep dust mites under control. And rental comforters and blankets don’t get washed often, making them a haven for dust mites.
  3. Replace the rental’s air filter with an allergen-reducing filter. Ask for the size of the filter when you book, or run to the store after you check in. Many of our Certified filters can be found at national retail stores. It will help reduce allergens in the rental, as well as filter outside allergens and triggers like tobacco smoke and pollen. You may want to bring your own Certified air cleaner.
  4. Clean the rental with Certified cleaning products. Cleaning crews only have a short time to clean a rental to prepare for the next guests. So they may miss areas where allergens can hide. Check in as early as possible and take a few moments to clean the rental before you unload your car. If someone in your party doesn’t have asthma and allergies, ask them to clean while you wait outside.

While many managers of vacation rentals do their best to give you a clean, comfortable place to relax, they aren’t always thinking about asthma and allergies. Their rental probably isn’t equipped with Certified asthma & allergy friendly® products, scientifically proven to reduce allergens and triggers. But with a few simple steps at the start of your vacation, you can focus more on relaxing and less on allergies and asthma.

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Through Hockey, Avery Can #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America chose Avery and his mom Jessica as their final winners in their #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies photo contest. Avery loves hockey but hasn’t let asthma hold him back. Through his photo, he proves that asthma doesn’t have keep you from your favorite sports and activities. 

“My son Avery tackles allergy induced asthma by playing HOCKEY!He is 10 years old and has been playing club for 7 and just made his first AAA team this past spring. Asthma may make it more difficult for him but he doesn’t use it as a crutch ...he finds a balance between pushing himself and knowing his limits. He had his first anaphylactic incident this past Fall, spent 2 nights in the ICU, and came out a fighter” – Jessica

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Lexi’s Determination Helps Her #TackleAsthma

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Lexi L is the Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s fourth winner of their #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies photo contest!
 
“I try to not let my asthma hold me back from living my life to the fullest. I’ve been intubated once due to an asthma attack and recently had to be on the Bi-Pap this past November due to another attack.

Wakeboarding has always been my passion but due to being limited, I can’t do certain things as much as I would like to. Also, being one that has such horrible allergies, that also limits me during the seasons but I keep chugging along!” – Lexi L
 
Lexi has had asthma since she was born. It’s so severe that she struggles every day. She is an inspiration because even though she is limited in her daily activities, she can #TackleAsthma to do the activities she enjoys.
During Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, AAFA has been giving away “healthier home” packages of asthma & allergy friendly® Certified products to five winners. One more winner will be chosen.

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