Breathing Space: Living With Allergic Asthma

Breathing Space: Living With Allergic Asthma


The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is proud to support Breathing Space: Living With Allergic Asthma, a program created to help guide patients and their caregivers in managing uncontrolled asthma caused by allergic triggers in everyday life.

More than 26 million people in the U.S. are living with asthma.1 Of those people with asthma, 60% of adults2 and 80% of children3 have asthma triggered by allergies. This is also known as allergic asthma.

For people with allergic asthma, it’s important to avoid exposure to the allergens that trigger their asthma. Sometimes, this means making lifestyle changes. The Breathing Space program provides tips from interior designer Robin Wilson and author Jessica Shyba to help families take better control of their breathing space.

Robin Wilson is an interior designer and asthma-friendly home expert living with allergic asthma. Growing up with this condition provided her with a deep understanding of the challenges people with allergic asthma face. Robin shares tips on how to live in style while reducing allergic triggers.

Robin is joined by Jessica Shyba, Instagram star, author and mother of son Jack, who has allergic asthma. Together through Breathing Space, Robin and Jessica are helping educate those with uncontrolled asthma and encourage them to speak with a specialist, such as an allergist or pulmonologist. By identifying triggers and learning how to avoid them, people with allergic asthma can keep their asthma controlled.

For more information about Breathing Space and allergic asthma, visit You’ll find videos of Robin and Jessica, as well as downloadable resources to help introduce simple lifestyle changes and encourage productive conversations with specialists, such as allergists and pulmonologists.

This program is a partnership between AAFA and the Allergy & Asthma Network and made possible by Genentech, Inc. and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.



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3. “Allergies.”, Guide to Your Childs Allergies and Asthma,