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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

5 allergens and triggers that could be hiding in your college dorm room2

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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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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3 Ways to Raise Awareness of Asthma and Allergies

3 Ways to Raise Awareness of Asthma and Allergies

In the U.S., asthma and allergic diseases such as pollen allergies or food allergies affect more than 60 million people. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American (AAFA) has declared May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. During this month, AAFA is working to raise awareness about these allergic diseases.

You can help raise awareness too. Asthma and allergies rates are growing. Better awareness helps those with these conditions get better treatment and care.

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Congratulations to AAFA’s Week 1 #TackleAsthma/#TackleAllergies Photo Contest Winner!

tackle asthma erin mcc winner blog titleErin M is AAFA's first #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies photo contest winner. Her photo proves asthma doesn’t have keep you from sports and activities you love.

Erin M’s photo description reads, “Severe asthmatic who’s been intubated countless times. Still uncontrolled and struggle daily. But I’m a decorated triathlete, cyclist, boxer and I ski. I’m graduating in 2 weeks with honors from grad school with a M.S. I’m med school bound in the future.”

During Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, AAFA is giving away a “healthier home” package of asthma & allergy friendly® Certified products to five winners.

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