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Is it ok to join the police force if I have asthma ?

Is it ok to join the police force if I have asthma ?

Yes: At any time, up to 20-25% of the us olympic team has asthma. If having asthma does not prevent you from being a top athlete, it definitely should not prevent you from joining the police force. ...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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Is it possible for you to join the police force with asthma?

Is it possible for you to join the police force with asthma?

Yes: Each agency can set standards of what they will accept based on their work environment, but as long as you are properly managed and can do strenuous exercise without more than rare need for your rescue inhaler, then should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Can I still be a police officer if I have asthma?

Can I still be a police officer if I have asthma?

Yes: In general, the diagnosis of asthma should not limit you (except from possibly the military). Asthmatic patients should be able to do just about anything, including run marathons, if their asthma is under adequate control. ...Read more

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Im a 30 year old police officer who has really bad asthma. Seems like meds arent even helping. Help?

Im a 30 year old police officer who has really bad asthma. Seems like meds arent 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 more

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Was forced to be in choir but I have asthma, please help?

Was forced to be in choir but I have asthma, please help?

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 more

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Can my past asthma disqualify me to join the usaf ?

Can my past asthma disqualify me to join the usaf ?

Not necessarily: If you don't have asthma now and your lung functions are normal, you probably should be ok. I am not certain about their rule book. ...Read more

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I have asthma and want to join the marines. Will that keep me from joining?

Possibly: The military has very strict criteria regarding pre existing conditions -- including asthma. If one is considering joining the military and has asthma then one should discuss this with the recruiter. ...Read more

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Will my weird asthma prevent me from joining the marines?

Will my weird asthma prevent me from joining the marines?

Possible: I have had to write letters for kids with an asthma diagnosis, stating that it had resolved. I would diccuss with a recruiter. ...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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