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Asthma In The Military
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I join the military if I have had asthma past the age of 13 but it goes away by the time I apply?
If I have asthma, would that prevent me from joining the military? I changed my mind when i thought how tough and strict it is in military training.
Military rules: While asthma can be controlled, the military has their own rules. My experience with this is that there will be many opportunities not granted due to asthma for your safety as well as the other men/women who would be serving beside you. If there was a remote history of asthma and no symptoms now and off medications, there is a possibility that they would consider, but chances are low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's my dream to serve the military but I have a history of asthma since i was 8. What are my chances?
Treatment available: It is best to check with the military doctor. If you had the onset of asthma at age eight years and still have symptoms, it is likely to continue. Allergen avoidance and identification of potential triggers, pulmonary testing and medications can help to maintain normal lung function. Exercise is one possible trigger of asthma. Treatment includes a bronchodilator 10-15 minutes before exercise. ...Read more
Not uncommon.: Sometimes a viral infection can trigger this...or it is possible to develop seasonal or other allergies, even if they weren't there when younger. There are other lung conditions that can mimic asthma, so just be sure you've discussed this with your doctor or a pulmonologist or allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Also infection: While 80% of asthma patients have allergies, there are patients whose asthma starts after they had a respiratory infection. Those infections can be due to viruses such as influenza (the real flu) or certain bacteria such as mycoplasma or chlamydia. Such patients are usually older and have no history of allergy. Still, patients who already have asthma and get infected, their asthma will get worse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Allergens & Meds: The best way to decrease asthma attacks is to reduce breathing tube irritability. This is achieved by taking controller medications (inhaled corticosteroids or oral leukotriene antagonists) daily or more as prescribed by your doctor. If you are allergic reduce or eliminate exposure to dust mite, animal dander & molds. Avoid cigarette smoke & indoor & outdoor pollution. Take omega-3 & vitamin d. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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