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can you tell me is asthma consider a disability to a person who's got copd?

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
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.
Dr. Frank Mayo
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.

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