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Did you know that AAFA certifies products that are asthma and allergy friendly?

The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. This video explains why the program exists and what manufacturers need to do to have their products asthma & allergy friendly™.

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  • K8sMom2002

    I can give a to at least one product that the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program gave its seal of approval to — . I bought it when DD was first diagnosed with food allergies and environmental allergies — before I even knew that AAFA had anything to do with the certification program that sold me on the vacuum cleaner.

    My previous vacuum had SAID it was allergy friendly with an allergy filtration bag, but it just scattered tons of dust and dirt. I could SEE the dust floating in the air when I vacuumed. 

    The Kenmore comes with a special bag that has the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program's seal on it. It isn't a paper bag, but more of a plastic bag that won't let dust out. I love the way it vacuums and doesn't stir up dust!

  • Jen

    Has anyone else used any of these products or thought about buying them?

  • Jenny1480
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    I can give a to at least one product that the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program gave its seal of approval to — . I bought it when DD was first diagnosed with food allergies and environmental allergies — before I even knew that AAFA had anything to do with the certification program that sold me on the vacuum cleaner.

    My previous vacuum had SAID it was allergy friendly with an allergy filtration bag, but it just scattered tons of dust and dirt. I could SEE the dust floating in the air when I vacuumed. 

    The Kenmore comes with a special bag that has the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program's seal on it. It isn't a paper bag, but more of a plastic bag that won't let dust out. I love the way it vacuums and doesn't stir up dust!

    How do I apply

  • Jenny1480

    I'm new to all this can someone please help me out and tell me how I apply for these thanks in advance

  • K8sMom2002

    Jenny! The certification program requires no application — you just check on the website to see if a product is certified by the testing company before you buy the product. 

    How long have you been managing asthma?

  • Jenny1480

    Thank you so much for helping me. I developed asthma when I was 12 I just turned 37 this past Saturday and up until just about 2 years ago my asthma was very well controlled and all of a sudden everything changed it went from extremely mild asthma to extremely severe asthma before this happened I never had to go to the hospital for my asthma but in the past 2 years ive been hospitalized over 20  many spent in intensive care and so good once I had to be on a ventilator some of my  hospital stays have been very lengthy up to six weeks at a time I am a single mother of a teenage son and breaks my heart be leaving him as much as I had last year I spent every single holiday in the hospital away from my son  as I am writing this now I am laying in a hospital bed due to my asthma complications. I decided to try to take action and made my home asthma friendly and trigger  proof as possible  fortunately this is easier said than done due to the financials its extremely expensive but  no matter what I have to try to figure how I can make this possible this will allow me to live a much happier healthier life  and be home with my child where my heart is and not in hospital bed thank you so much for listening to my story and please if you can help me in anyway as far as programs or donations please let me know I would truly and greatly appreciate any help 

  • K8sMom2002

    Jenny … it's tough that you've had such a hard battle with your asthma and that things changed on you so quickly after so many years of managing it.

    One thing that has helped me was to figure out exactly what my triggers are and then figuring out how to avoid them. What are your triggers?

    What have your doctors recommended you do to help reduce your triggers? 

    We're a creative lot around here, and many of us are on tight budgets. So when it comes to allergy and trigger proofing on a budget, maybe we can help brainstorm ways to do it that are not so expensive. 

    You can start a new post — or if you would like, I can help you start it. And I do hope that you will be out of the hospital and back home with your kiddo very soon. 

  • Jen

    Hi Jenny,

    Welcome to the AAFA asthma community.  How are you doing today?  Are you still in the hospital?

  • Kathy P

    Welcome Jenny! Being at home with your child instead of in the hospital is definitely important! What type of changes have you been making? What changes are you still hoping to make? Maybe we can help find inexpensive ways.