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is asthma a disability?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Can be: Asthma can be a disability depending on the severity of the asthma.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Only in severe cases: Asthma is extremely common, meaning lots of americans have it. There is no perfect person, so everybody now or later has some sort of health issue. So, we cannot label a disease as a disability, because that would mean every one of us is disabled. For almost all disorders, there is a wide range of severity . . . And only the severe cases are labeled as disabilities.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
No....: Asthma is a disease characterized by recurrent episodes of bronchospasm and airway inflammation. However, between episodes, most patients are completely asymptomatic. It is a very treatable disease and does not result in disability even though it is not curable.

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What are the long term side effects of legionnaires disease? I heard that asthma is one side effect.

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Death: Legionnaire's disease is a severe bacterial pneumonia. There are effective antibiotics but the death rate for persons over age 50 hospitalized with this form of pneumonia is reported to lie between 5-30%. Kidney injury has been reported after legionnaire's disease but I have not seen any patients who developed asthma after having this disease.
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Are allergies considered disabilities?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Generally not: Allergies in general would not be considered a disability. An exception might be an asthmatic with severe disease. The goal of good allergy care would be to not let one's allergies be so severe that they are disabling, .
A 30-year-old member asked:

Flovent doesn't help my asthma. What next?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Depends: Maybe your dose needs adjusting or maybe you need another adjunct medicine. See you doctor to discuss your options.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What symptoms mean that my child has reactive airways disease?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Cough, wheeze: The 2 most common symptoms are cough and wheezes. These mean he/she may have reactive airways disease (asthma).
A 36-year-old member asked:

18 and just diagnosed as asthma free. Taken off my meds. My breathing is bad but will it get better over time?

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Pediatrics 25 years experience
Depends: It may but asthma can reoccur even after being symptom free for along periods of time. Even though you may not need you medicines at present, i would keep your rescue meds available for any unexpected emergency.

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