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Is asthma a disability?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Can be: Asthma can be a disability depending on the severity of the asthma.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 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 30 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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