Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

‘At School’

Readin’, Writin’ and Breathin’

Published February - 24 - 2011

Clean air in the classroom, cafeteria and gym is a must for all children to learn and have fun at school. AANMA is a co-sponsor with Healthy Schools Network to help parents, teachers and students transform their schools into breathe-easy zones! Healthy Schools Network coordinates National Healthy Schools Day each year in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Get in on the action! Here’s what you can do locally right now:

-Does your school have an IAQ (indoor air quality) program or committee? See for how to celebrate IAQ successes or help create a new program to make sure students have breathable indoor air all school-year long.

-Need more help? Find ideas for activities, learning tools, conference call sign ups, and more at — register and share what activities you have planned.

-Register your activity online today online to put Your School IAQ on the Map!  

-Download AANMA’s FREE Indoor AIRepair: At School kit — a colorful guide to reducing irritants and allergens at your school. Created by AANMA with funding from the EPA.

Kelsey never leaves home without it – her auto-injectable epinephrine, that is. In fact she always has two. You see, Kelsey is allergic to peanuts and while she does everything she can to avoid being exposed to them, she knows that accidents happen, Read the rest of this entry »

Does Back-to-School Make Asthma Worse?

Published August - 30 - 2010

nebulizerchallengeEvery August we hear about how asthma episodes increase during the fall. AAT asked Sami Bahna, MD, DrPH, President, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI):  

Is this true or a myth?
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When Should Asthma Go To School?

Published February - 5 - 2009

school1Some days it can be hard to decide whether a child with asthma symptoms should go to school or not. Your goal is always zero missed school days due to asthma, but that can be difficult to achieve when your child’s treatment plan is still in development, you’re not sure what environmental factors are causing his asthma symptoms or he’s in a transition period. Read the rest of this entry »

Campus Life

Published February - 5 - 2009

collegeBy Shannon Walker

My senior year of high school, I visited a lot of college dorms looking for the perfect one to help me keep my asthma under control. I started with a basic checklist: Was the dorm new or old? Read the rest of this entry »

Food Allergies at School

Published January - 7 - 2009

peanutsFood allergies can cause everything from indigestion or headache, to eczema, wheezing, hives, or – in extreme cases – anaphylaxis, an allergic reaction causing the windpipe to swell closed. A study by Hugh Sampson, M.D., of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, Read the rest of this entry »