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Can I still become a firefighter if I have asthma?

Can I still become a firefighter if I have asthma?

Bad idea: While it is a noble calling, you will be exposed to dense smoke, intensely hot dry air, dust, and ashes all of which can trigger your asthma and may lead to a life threatening attack. Since others are relying on you to be both a rescuer and a part of the team, getting taken out in the middle of action might make you a liability. Police work, medicine, etc are all still available... ...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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Could I still be a marine with mild asthma?

Could I still be a marine with mild asthma?

Asthma: "Asthma (493), 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 time, generally more > ...Read more

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Can i still be a commercial pilot with asthma?

Can i still be a commercial pilot with asthma?

Asthmatic pilot: As long as you are followed up regularly and have your asthma under control, I do not see a contraindication. ...Read more

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Can I still get into the army with very mild asthma?

Can I still get into the army with very mild asthma?

Is it really asthma?: The military is very sensitive about asthma but there are many people who think they have asthma that don't really. If interested in the military it would be good to discuss with a lung doctor how sure they are of the diagnosis. In mild cases a bronchoprovocation test with either methacholine or exercise could answer the question. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could still be a marine with mild asthma?

Can you tell me if i could still be a marine with mild asthma?

USMC Induction: see: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/lungs.htm "Asthma (493), 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 ...Read more

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I love to run but I have horrible asthma. Can i still do it somehow?

I love to run but I have horrible asthma. Can i still do it somehow?

Yes, definitely!: First, you need to see an allergist, pulmonary, or sports doc, who deals with this frequently. Baseline meds are important and a steroid inhaler should be used prior to exercise. Drugs like albuterol can be before and during the activity. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still be able to grow out of asthma at 17 and if so, how?

Unlikely: Anything is possible but if your asthma is still present at age 17, it is unlikely that you will "outgrow" it . Although the severity of symptoms may fluctuate over time. ...Read more

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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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Followup with primary dr. Saw my Asthma specialist do I need to still keep appt with primary dr?

Followup with primary dr.  Saw my Asthma specialist do I need to still keep appt with primary dr?

Not my patients: Typically with me, if I refer to a pulmonologist/allergist for asthma, I let them manage the chronic problem. Of course if my patient has an acute asthma attack, they will typically come to me since they can get in easier. Every physician is different, so I'd ask his staff. ...Read more

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I used to have asthma in the spring but now i don't have to use my inhalers anymore. Do i still have it?

I used to have asthma in the spring but now i don't have to use my inhalers anymore. Do i still have it?

Check with allergist: Some people do enjoy remission in their asthma but a good % of those still have mild airway inflammation despite lack of symptoms. The only sure way to tell is to check with your allergist whether you still have asthma or not since the lung function may well be abnormal when one notices no symptoms. ...Read more

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