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Can I Join The Police Force If I Have Asthma
I'm a 30 year old police officer who has really bad asthma. Seems like meds aren't even helping. Help?
More info needed: If asthma has been bad past week or two & you've had a cold or flu perhaps you have an acute exacerbation needing oral Prednisone for 5 days. If you & your doctor are having trouble controlling ongoing asthma think about contributing causes like reflux or chronic sinusitis. If despite all efforts asthma is refractory to treatment oxalizumab (xolair) could be a consideration for you. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lifestyle change: Avoid all milk products since the milk protein causes respiratory tract inflammation. Also avoid grains, lentils. Consume veggies, flesh foods, olive oil. Getting 30 -45 min of sunshine at noon daily or taking vitamin D3 10, 000 IU/day and taking a good probiotic (not yogurt) help reduce inflammation Yoga breathing exercises 10-30 min/day help too. This may help avoid the need for meds 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?
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
It's age-dependent: You must provide documentation, preferably from your healthcare provider, testifying that you have not had asthma symptoms or been treated for asthma after your 13th birthday. Any medication or medical intervention for asthma after your 13th birthday will disqualify you. Read more
If the diagnosis is: Wrong --- if you have asthma it would be worth making sure you really have asthma. Many people diagnosed with asthma don't really have it. An evaluation by a pulmonary md who knows you really need to know can clarify this using a bronchoprovocation challenge test. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult to answer: Most asthma that starts in childhood can be linked to allergies. As we mature, other "triggers" may come into play such as occupational triggers (dust from manufacturing or fumes), pollution, etc. Though it sometimes can be difficult to put a finger on the cause, the treatments are usually the same- rescue inhalers and controllers (if necessary). Getting tested is always the best thing to do. Read more
Reliever/Preventer: This is a big topic. Most people only get symptoms every now and again (e.g. when they get a cold or exposed to dust) and their asthma will respond to a reliever like salbutamol (ventolin). Others get regular symptoms that require a preventer (there are various inhalers but most contain a low dose steroid). Have a look at this http://www. Asthma. Org. Nz/resources/ Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but develops in patients when inflammation leads to spasm of muscles around the windpipe and the airways become hypersensitive. Many factors trigger asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, weather changes, irritants, exercise, and acid reflux. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Prevention and long-term control are key in stopping asthma attacks before they start. Treatment usually involves learning to recognize your triggers and taking steps to avoid them, and tracking your breathing to make sure your daily asthma medications are keeping symptoms under control. In case of an asthma flare-up, you may need to use a. Read more
You don't: Asthma is a chronic condition of increased small airway reactions. There are genetic and environmental factors that persist throughout life, usually becoming evident in childhood. One learns to live with their asthma & present medications offer a near normal existence to most. There is no cure, there are programs that promote stability & reduced flare ups through early recognition of problems. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fight genetics!: That's right. 50% of asthma risk you get from your parents. If you choose ones with allergies or asthma you are already at high risk. Tell your parents not to smoke, especially when mom is pregnant with you. Tell them to get a dog and a cat before your birth. That helps. Don't live near roads with heavy diesel traffic. Avoid wood smoke & damp homes. Get exercise, sunshine & eat lots of fish. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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