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Is there a possibility that i can still be in the military if I have very mild asthma?

Is there a possibility that i can still be in the military if I have very mild asthma?

See below: This is the standard "asthma, including reactive airway disease, exercise-induced bronchospasm or asthmatic bronchitis, reliably diagnosed and symptomatic after the 13th birthday, is disqualifying. Reliable diagnostic criteria may include any of the following elements: substantiated history of cough, wheeze, chest tightness, and/or dyspnea that persists or recurs over a prolonged period of >>. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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Can I join the military if I have had asthma past the age of 13 but it goes away by the time I apply?

Can I join the military if I have had asthma past the age of 13 but it goes away by the time I apply?

Disqualification: You can not as it is disqualification to join the Miltary if you had asthma past the age of 13 ...Read more

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Can I join the military if I have had asthma past the age of 13, but I don't have it at the time that I apply?

Can I join the military if I have had asthma past the age of 13, but I don't have it at the time that I apply?

Varies: Ask a recruiter. Toughest is applying to a service academy. I've found AF Academy worse than West Point and here in Annapolis. Not unusual someone with albuterol on record as a child comes to me for a PFT while applying. Normal PFT at application goes a long way. Interestingly toughest is applying to USCG (they are spread thin so if asthma attack they often must ask another service for help). ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Definition...: Asthma is a disease of the airways characterized by recurrent acute exacerbations of bronchospasm and airway inflammation. Between exacerbations, most asthmatics have no symptoms. There is no cure but there are effective treatments. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Airway Obstruction: Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs that causes wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath due to airway obstruction. The symptoms are usually episodic, but can be present on a daily basis. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Chronic disease: It is chronic inflammatory disease of the airways with symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. This is related narrowed airways from inflammatory changes of the airway walls and spasm of the muscle in the airways(bronchospasm). ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

A condition: a condition based on inflammation of the airways that causes increased secretions, cough and difficulty breathing ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Airway inflammation: Main components of asthma are inflammation and constriction of small airways, making more difficult to breathe. When exposed to virus or allergen, wheezing can occur.The more severe inflammation and constriction, the worse the asthmatic attack. Cells in the airways might make more mucus than usual plugging up airways. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Chronic disease: Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by sudden recurring attacks of wheezing, coughing and sometimes labored breathing. It is characterized by contraction of the muscular walls of the bronchial tubes and inflamation. If left untreated can cause significant respiratory distress and death. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

Asthma: Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs that can cause constriction of the airways and causes shortness of breath, cough and wheezing and is usually treated with bronchodilators and antiinflammatory inhalers, and sometimes other medications are indicated depending on the severity of the disease. A pulmonologist or allergist can diagnose and treat it. ...Read more

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