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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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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Congressman Brendan Boyle Supports Resolution to Recognize May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Congressman Brendan Boyle, representing Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district, has expressed that he will support the designation of May as “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month,” a commitment that has been shared by various members of congress including Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, Congressman Eliot Engel, and Congressman Gregg Harper.

Congressman Boyle has continuously been a supporter of the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program and in 2016 awarded the CEO of Allergy Standards, Dr. John McKeon, a congressional citation as congratulations for reaching the 10th year anniversary of the Program. He has also pledged support and involvement with various healthy home initiatives that the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program is planning with its client partners to raise awareness and education in managing asthma and allergy triggers.

The awareness and support of Congress will be instrumental to educate and inform the millions of Americans affected by asthma and allergies on effective treatment and management of ‘triggers’ which are most commonly found in the home environment. The designation of May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month will help the certification program partners build a platform for messaging around this issue in 2018 and beyond.

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Share How You #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies and You Could Win!

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As part of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we are co-hosting a photo contest May 1-31. Post your photos showing us how you overcome asthma and allergies. Your photo will be featured on AAFA’s website. You could win a “healthier home” package of asthma & allergy friendly® Certified products.

How Can I Participate?

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Test Our New Web App for a Chance to Win a $250 Amazon Gift Card!


Ever wish you had an easy way to find healthy products for your family? Now you can use our new web app to find Certified asthma & allergy friendly® products. With our web app you can find everything from stuffed teddy bears to washing machines, vacuum cleaners, air cleaners and more! 

And for a limited time only, we are offering you a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card for trying out our app. All you need to do is tell us what you think about our latest feature on the feedback form in the app menu!

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Cough. Sneeze. Wheeze. You Know the Symptoms. But Do You Know the Cause?

10.8.15 Flu vs Allergies Image Man SneezingThe similarities between symptoms of the flu or cold and nasal allergies—a.k.a. allergic rhinitis, indoor or outdoor allergies, seasonal allergies, or hay fever—can cause confusion. It can even cause you to make the wrong diagnosis and treat your symptoms with the wrong medications.

It is important to understand the differences and determine the correct diagnosis because if allergies are left untreated, they can cause more serious conditions like sinusitis or ear infections. There are some key differences between the two, but it is always important to talk to your doctor to get the most accurate diagnosis.


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