How to Manage Life With Chronic Hives, Allergies and Asthma
For anyone who develops hives, allergies, or asthma later in life, learning to manage the condition can be tricky. The following organizaions can help lead you in the right direction.
U.S. Hereditary Angioedema Association
People who suffer from hives also may experience angioedema. Angioedema is when there is underlying swelling in the skin. When angioedema occurs independently of hives it might be a rare condition called Hereditary Angioedema (HAE). The US HAEA offers a network of support and services to patients living with angiodema and their families. It offers HAE explainers, patient webinars, school resources, patient conferences, and social media links. If you want even more involvement, you can become an HEA ambassador to others, or submit your story and photos for research.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
This is one of the leading organizations in asthma and allergy. It offers broad information on different types of asthma, allergies, and reactions such as hives. On their site you can find great resources such as allergy tests, home allergy management, FAQs, podcasts, and a patient newsletter. The site also helps you find and contact a board-certified allergist in your area, and gives you up-to-date news on researchers and symptom management.
Food Allergy Research Education
FARE aims to work on behalf of the "15 million Americans and one in 13 children with food allergies." The site provides in-depth articles on each of the major food allergens and hidden triggers, guides for diagnosis and testing, and what to do if you’re newly diagnosed with food allergies. It has a wide network of members, and you can get involved by finding a regional office, learning how to educate others, and signing up for advocacy and events.
Allergy and Asthma Network
The Allergy and Asthma Network Patient site teaches about asthma and the many types of allergies (food, skin, etc.), and offers a latest news feed of topics concerning both conditions. Partnering with the College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the network also has a place where you can connect with a local specialist. Lastly, the site provides lists of advocacy programs and events, national bills on asthma and allergy, and ways you can get involved.
While not an official allergy or asthma organization, Facebook (and other social media) offers a wide range of support groups — both worldwide and local — where you can share your personal story. Connecting with other people who share your experiences through social media can help you navigate the challenges of living with allergic conditions and symptoms.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
This site is for people who have learned about their condition and are ready to take action. It offers guides on how to breathe better in your city, subscriptions to e-newsletters (Allergic living), and a CIU and YOU program where you can share your symptoms and connect to an allergist. Apart from the latest research, you can also find educational programs, clinics, local chapters or support groups in your area, as well as local allergy-free products.
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