A 40-year-old member asked:
can you tell me is asthma consider a disability to a person who's got copd?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Both disabling: COPD with asthmatic component is more of a success to treat as there is possibility of reversal of symptoms. Pure emphysema which is in only about 5-10% of COPD tugs along, maybe asymptomatic until a trigger such as acute bronchitis and symptom is difficult to reverse with all our medicines as there is only airways destruction, no reversibility. Both anyway, are disabling.
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Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
No: Asthma is a reversible airway obstructive process usually related to environmental intolerance. It responds well to therapy. COPD is usually related to smoking and causes the same symptoms of asthma , but response to thearpy is not as robust.
4692 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Jun 10, 2014
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