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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)

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 ...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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I'm a 30 year old police officer who has really bad asthma. Seems like meds aren't even helping. Help?

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 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?

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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Can having asthma keep me out of joining the marines?

Can having asthma keep me out of joining the marines?

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

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Can I join the us airforce with mild asthma?

Can I join the us airforce with mild asthma?

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 more

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How can asthma form?

How can asthma form?

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

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How do I treat asthma?

How do I treat asthma?

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 more

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How can I treat asthma?

How can I treat asthma?

Asthma: See an asthma specialist to get a regimen specifically designed for you. Every asthmatic is a different individual with individual medication needs. Read more

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How does asthma spread?

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 more

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Does asthma have a cure?

Does asthma have a cure?

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

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How can I cure my asthma?

How can I cure my asthma?

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 more

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How can you avoid asthma?

How can you avoid asthma?

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 more

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